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Witchery (1988)

La casa 4 (Witchcraft) (original title)
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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Fabrizio Laurenti (as Martin Newlin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hasselhoff ... Gary
Linda Blair ... Jane Brooks
Catherine Hickland ... Linda Sullivan
Annie Ross ... Rose Brooks
Hildegard Knef ... Lady In Black
Leslie Cumming Leslie Cumming ... Leslie
Robert Champagne Robert Champagne ... Freddie Brooks (as Bob Champagne)
Rick Farnsworth Rick Farnsworth ... Jerry Giordano
Michael Manchester Michael Manchester ... Tommy Brooks
Frank Cammarata Frank Cammarata ... Tony Giordano
Victoria Biggers Victoria Biggers ... Secretary
Ely Coughlin Ely Coughlin ... Satan
Kara Lynch Kara Lynch ... Cindy
Jamie Hanes Jamie Hanes ... Jon (as James Hanes)
Richard Ladenburg Richard Ladenburg ... Sheriff
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Storyline

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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Horror

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 August 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Encounters See more »

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Production Co:

Filmirage See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Joe D'Amato originally hired Luigi Cozzi as the movie's director who at first was involved in pre-production, but ultimately left after realizing that he wasn't allowed to make any script changes. D'Amato replaced him with first-time director Fabrizio Laurenti, while Cozzi went on to direct Paganini Horror (1989). See more »

Goofs

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

Gary: See, even your poet knows virginity is not natural for a grown woman.
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When Linda Blair pours on the devilish charm, she is positively regal
20 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Persecuted witch Hildegard Knef traps a group of people in an isolated seaside hotel and picks them off one by one in twisted, disgusting ways. I thought I'd seen it all until one unfortunate man here is crucified and then set on fire. Hildy is quite the prankster, too: she takes a nagging harpy and has her lips sewn shut...then hangs her upside down in the chimney just in time for a roaring fire! "Witchery" is an uninspired gore-fest that is (surprisingly) well-produced on an obviously tight budget, yet is seriously lacking in all other departments. Most of the acting is stiff and dull, although I must admit I loved the finale. It involves two people searching the hotel for a little boy and his toy tape-recorder, all cornered by Linda Blair looking fantastically possessed (in films, whenever Blair is allowed to drop the 'good girl' routine and take the spotlight, she instinctively knows how to grab the camera). The sequence only lasts for a few minutes, but you know the old saying: If you've got a great ending, people will forgive you for just about anything. *1/2 from ****


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