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Harry Spalding (writer)
Daniele Stroppa (writer)
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Release Date:
1 December 1988 (West Germany) See more »
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When a storm strands a group on a Massachusetts island where the only dwelling is an old hotel supposedly... See more » | Add synopsis »
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JUST about worth it for the gore. Possibly. See more (38 total) »

Cast

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David Hasselhoff ... Gary

Linda Blair ... Jane Brooks

Catherine Hickland ... Linda Sullivan

Annie Ross ... Rose Brooks

Hildegard Knef ... Lady In Black
Leslie Cumming ... Leslie
Robert Champagne ... Freddie Brooks (as Bob Champagne)
Rick Farnsworth ... Jerry Giordano
Michael Manchester ... Tommy Brooks
Frank Cammarata ... Tony Giordano
Victoria Biggers ... Secretary
Ely Coughlin ... Satan
Kara Lynch ... Cindy
Jamie Hanes ... Jon (as James Hanes)
Richard Ladenburg ... Sheriff
George Stevens ... Fisherman

Directed by
Fabrizio Laurenti  (as Martin Newlin)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harry Spalding  writer
Daniele Stroppa  writer

Produced by
Joe D'Amato .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carlo Maria Cordio 
Randy Miller 
 
Cinematography by
Gianlorenzo Battaglia 
 
Film Editing by
Kathleen Stratton  (as Rosanna Landi)
 
Casting by
Werner Pochath  (as Paul Werner)
 
Art Direction by
Massimo Antonello Geleng  (as Alex Colby)
 
Production Management
Annie Jurgielewicz .... production manager
 
Art Department
Julie Duncan .... props
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Maurizio Trani .... special effects
Maurizio Trani .... special makeup
 
Stunts
Brian Ricci .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bates .... still photographer
Ken Davis .... assistant camera
Bobby Douglass .... electrician
Lee Hughes .... grip
Ben Miller .... electrician
Syd Potter .... grip
John Wynn .... camera operator
Paolo Tiberti .... grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Shaw .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Jane Bailey .... script supervisor
Walter Kelly .... production accountant
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (as Mike Peavey)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"La casa 4 (Witchcraft)" - Italy (original title)
"Witchcraft" - Europe (English title)
"Witchcraft: Return of the Exorcist" - Philippines (English title)
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95 min | USA:96 min (uncut version)
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Trivia:
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 (#1.18)" (1985).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Jane Brooks:[possessed by the Lady in Black] There are three doors to the darkside. Lust, avarice, and ire. Linda for the lust, Rose for the greed, and ire for the persecuted witch.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Sesame Street" (1969)See more »

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What are the differences between the British BBFC 18 DVD and the Uncut Version?
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
JUST about worth it for the gore. Possibly., 26 August 2009
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

An Italian/American co-production co-starring Linda Blair and David 'The Hoff' Hasselhoff: how could any fan of trashy horror resist such a treat?

Well, based on the uneventful, extremely tedious, and utterly nonsensical first forty minutes or so, I would have said 'very easily'; thankfully, however, things do eventually get a tad more entertaining with the introduction of several inventive death scenes, and for those lucky enough to find an uncut copy, a smattering of nudity too (unfortunately, my copy was optically edited to remove such offensive material).

The Hoff stars as Gary, a photographer who accompanies his beautiful girlfriend Leslie (Leslie Cumming) to a run-down hotel on a seemingly deserted island in order to take pictures for her latest project, a book about witches; whilst there, frustrated Gary also hopes to try and cure a bad case of blue balls by relieving Leslie of her virginity.

His plans for nookie are scuppered, however, by the unexpected arrival of property developers Freddie and Rose Brooks (Robert Champagne and Annie Ross), their pregnant daughter Jane (Blair), son Tommy (Michael Manchester), pretty nymphomaniac architect Linda Sullivan (Catherine Hickland), and estate agent Jerry (Rick Farnsworth), who have come to inspect the island's hotel.

After explaining their unexpected presence on the island, Gary and Leslie are welcomed by the property's new owners, and when a violent storm suddenly picks up, making it perilous to return to the mainland, everyone agrees to spend the night in the old building. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to the hotel's new guests, the place is also home to the spirit of an evil witch (Hildegard Knef), who requires human sacrifices in order to bring herself back to life. One by one, victims are pulled into a swirling red vortex (which is guaranteed to provide unintentional laughs), before meeting a terrible fate.

None of this makes much sense, and the acting is atrocious (Manchester as Tommy is particularly bad, whilst Hasselhoff proves to be one of the better performers, which speaks volumes about the others), but those viewers who make it past the dreary first half are rewarded with some pretty decent moments of gore: Rose has her lips sewn together, before being roasted alive in a fireplace; Jerry is crucified and burnt alive; Linda is tortured by hags and impaled on a swordfish(!!); Freddie's veins pulsate and erupt in geysers of blood; and Gary gets stabbed in the back.

Oh, and Leslie is raped by a guy with no lips and Blair gets possessed (again).

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