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Witchery (1988)
"La casa 4 (Witchcraft)" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  6 August 1989 (Italy)
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When a storm strands a group on a Massachusetts island where the only dwelling is an old hotel supposedly haunted by the ghost of a former German actress (Knef), the result is the standard ... See full summary »

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Gary
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Jane Brooks
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Linda Sullivan
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Rose Brooks
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Lady In Black
Leslie Cumming ...
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Robert Champagne ...
Freddie Brooks (as Bob Champagne)
Rick Farnsworth ...
Jerry Giordano
Michael Manchester ...
Tommy Brooks
Frank Cammarata ...
Tony Giordano
Victoria Biggers ...
Secretary
Ely Coughlin ...
Kara Lynch ...
Cindy
Jamie Hanes ...
Jon (as James Hanes)
Richard Ladenburg ...
Sheriff
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When a storm strands a group on a Massachusetts island where the only dwelling is an old hotel supposedly haunted by the ghost of a former German actress (Knef), the result is the standard horror film as each of the cast is picked off one-by-one. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Evil Encounters  »

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This is Linda Blair's only portrayal as a mother in waiting in a feature film. Also interesting to note is that the father is never once mentioned or referred to. Blair had, however, also played a pregnant woman in her earlier television guest appearance in Murder, She Wrote: Murder Takes the Bus (1985). See more »

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After the helicopter leaves the island, it is the middle of the night when Leslie and Gary first go into the house, yet it is the middle of the day when they finally get upstairs - all in the space of a few seconds. See more »

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Leslie: These are all elements of witchcraft. There is a common denominator in all the mystery cults.
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The 80's! Witches! Linda Blair and David Hasselhof! What are you waiting for?
23 June 2008 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Witchery" might just be the most incoherent and lamentably scripted horror movie of the 80's but, luckily enough, it has a few compensating qualities like fantastic gore effects, an exhilarating musical score and some terrific casting choices. Honestly the screenplay doesn't make one iota of sense, but who cares when Linda Blair (with an exploded hairstyle) portrays yet another girl possessed by evil powers and David Hasselhof depicts a hunky photographer (who can't seem to get laid) in a movie that constantly features bloody voodoo, sewn-shut lips, upside down crucifixions, vicious burnings and an overused but genuinely creepy tune. Eight random people are gathered together on an abandoned vacation resort island off the coast of Massachusetts. The young couple is there to investigate the place's dark history; the dysfunctional family (with a pregnant Linda Blair even though nobody seems to bother about who the father is and what his whereabouts are) considers re-opening the hotel and the yummy female architect simply tagged along for casual sex. They're forced to stay the night in the ramshackle hotel and then suddenly the previous landlady – an aging actress or something who always dresses in black – starts taking them out in various engrossing ways. Everything is somehow related to the intro sequence showing a woman accused of witchery jump out of a window. Anyway, the plot is definitely of minor importance in an Italian horror franchise that started as an unofficial spin-off of "The Evil Dead". The atmosphere is occasionally unsettling and the make-up effects are undoubtedly the most superior element of the entire film. There's something supremely morbid and unsettling about staring at a defenseless woman hanging upside down a chimney and waiting to get fried.


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