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Witchboard (1986)

When his girlfriend becomes dangerously obsessed with a ghost she contacted using an ouija board, Jim reluctantly joins forces with her ex - his own estranged childhood best friend - to identify and exorcise the evil spirit.

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Kevin Tenney (as Kevin S. Tenney)

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Kevin Tenney (as Kevin S. Tenney)
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Cast overview:
Todd Allen ... Jim Morar
Tawny Kitaen ... Linda Brewster
Stephen Nichols ... Brandon Sinclair
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Zarabeth
Burke Byrnes ... Lt. Dewhurst
James W. Quinn James W. Quinn ... Lloyd
Rose Marie ... Mrs. Moses
Judy Tatum Judy Tatum ... Dr. Gelineau
Gloria Hayes Gloria Hayes ... Wanda
J.P. Luebsen ... Malfeitor
Susan Nickerson Susan Nickerson ... Chris
Ryan Carroll Ryan Carroll ... Roger
Kenny Rhodes ... Mike
Clare Bristol Clare Bristol ... Anchorwoman
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At a party, a guest brings out a Ouija board, and they attempt to contact a spirit he knows. The spirit does appear, but it becomes apparent to the one who brought the Ouija board that this is an evil spirit that is impersonating his spirit, and despite warnings not to use the board alone, a woman uses it alone, and becomes harassed by the evil spirit, his goal to possess her so he can walk the earth again. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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English

Release Date:

13 March 1987 (USA) See more »

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Diabelska plansza See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,435, 4 January 1987

Gross USA:

$7,369,373
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Stephen Nichols is best known for his role on the daytime TV soap opera Days of our Lives as 80s heartthrob Steve "Patch" Johnson and the 1987 horror film Witchboard. Shelley Hennig portrayed the daughter of 'Patch and Kayla' -Stephanie Johnson on DAYS before leaving for primetime TV and film roles like the horror flick Ouija. See more »

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Holds Up Well
15 March 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A woman (Tawny Kitaen) finds an interest in her friend Brandon's Ouija Board when he brings the occult tool by her party.

This was the beginning for much of the crew. Writer-director Kevin Tenney had never written or directed before, Kenney's college friend Gerald Geoffray had never produced before, nor had executive producer Walter Josten. Indeed, much of this came out of Tenney's film school classes.

Tawny Kitaen was cast because guys in the office were "drooling" during casting when they saw her. Tenney had actually favored another actress, but went with Kitaen because of this perceived charisma. (This casting also was a lucky break, because between filming and release, Kitaen blew up thanks to her infamous Whitesnake videos.) As a side note, O. J. Simpson was dating Kitaen at the time and would visit the set with his red-dyed poodle.

While not the greatest of the 1980s horror films, one has to admit this still holds up well. In some ways, it is more amusing now (2014) than it ever was originally because of all the 1980s hair and clothing. For example, just look at Zarabeth (Kathleen Wilhoite)... that is some weird 1980s style.

But really, this is something of a modern classic because what other horror film really captures the danger of the Ouija? None come to mind for me, and it seems like such an obvious choice... well played Kevin Tenney for going with this.

The Scream Factory disc contains a wealth of bonus features, including two audio commentaries. One of them features Tenney, Gerald Geoffray and Walter Josten, and is excellent, featuring many fine stories, including how much craft services loves doughnuts.


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