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The Devonsville Terror (1983)

R | | Horror | October 1983 (USA)
Dr. Worley investigates a 300-year-old witch's curse in the New England town of Devonsville. Three liberated, assertive women move into town, which angers the bigoted, male-dominated town ... See full summary »

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Ulli Lommel

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Ulli Lommel (screenplay), George T. Lindsey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Love ... Jenny Scanlon
Robert Walker Jr. ... Matthew Pendleton (as Robert Walker)
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Warley
Paul Willson ... Walter Gibbs
Mary Walden Mary Walden ... Chris
Deanna Haas Deanna Haas ... Monica
Wally Flaherty Wally Flaherty ... Priest
Michael Accardo Michael Accardo ... Ralph Pendleton
Bill Dexter Bill Dexter ... Aaron Pendleton
Priscilla Lowe Priscilla Lowe ... Myrtle Pendleton
Angelica Rebane Angelica Rebane ... Angel Pendleton
Paul Bentzen Paul Bentzen ... Executioner
Morrigan Hurt Morrigan Hurt ... Witch I
Barbara Cihlar Barbara Cihlar ... Witch II
Leslie Smith Leslie Smith ... Witch III
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Dr. Worley investigates a 300-year-old witch's curse in the New England town of Devonsville. Three liberated, assertive women move into town, which angers the bigoted, male-dominated town fathers. One of the women is a reincarnation of the witch, who proceeds to exact revenge on the town males. Written by Joe Arthur <tenebrae50@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lincoln County, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Production Co:

New West Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Shooting Ranch Film Studio at Gleason, Wisconsin, where this and The Demons of Ludlow (1983) were filmed was demolished in 1988. See more »

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Lacklustre witchcraft effort
24 February 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Every time I see a film like this, I become less of a fan of the genre. The idea of a witch coming back from the grave for revenge centuries after being put to death is not a bad idea; but it's featured in too many films and it's rarely, if ever, done well. Despite sounding promising, The Devonsville Terror is yet another bad example of this type of film. A big clue to this film being bad is the director - Ulli Lommel was the genius behind the awful Video Nasty The Bogey Man and it's even worse sequel Revenge of the Bogey Man three years later. His directorial skills didn't improve for this film either, although it's probably a minor improvement over his last two. The film starts with the killing of three possible witches. Anyone familiar with this stuff will know what's coming next as the story advances three hundred years and there are three new women in town. Naturally, it's no coincidence and pretty soon the villagers, who seem to be stuck in the same century that the witches were originally killed in, come to believe that three are back for revenge...

One of the plot devices used in this film is a storyboarded voice-over in which certain things are explained. This sums the film up completely as the guy they got reading it sounds completely bored and the rest of the film carries on that same lacklustre tone. The standout member of the cast is Donald Pleasence, who unfortunately carries on with "starring in drivel" theme that the formerly great actor started after starring in Halloween five years before this film. His character is the most interesting in the film and he suffers from a curse that means he continually has to remove worms from beneath his skin (...but still practices as a doctor). This is really the film's only good idea but it's not well done as the director simply shows the same bit of film again and again to portray it. The plot has several holes in it and it seems that Lommel didn't have enough money to complete the film as it is short and there's a lot left out. There's no atmosphere, suspense or tension in the film; which kills the horror elements and despite the odd splash of gore, this is a very underwhelming horror movie that I would not recommend to anyone!


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