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Witchcraft (1988)

R | | Horror | 2 March 1989 (USA)
A new mother and her child move into her mother-in-law's dark old mansion. She soon begns to suspect that neither the house nor her mother-in-law are quite what they seem to be.

Director:

Rob Spera

Writer:

Jody Savin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anat Topol Anat Topol ... Grace Churchill (as Anat Topal-Barzilai)
Gary Sloan ... John Stocton (as Newton) (as Edward Ross)
Mary Shelley Mary Shelley ... Elizabeth Stocton
Deborah Scott Deborah Scott ... Linda
Alexander Kirkwood Alexander Kirkwood ... Priest
Lee Kissman Lee Kissman ... Ellsworth
Ross Newton ... William
Charles Grant Charles Grant ... Dr. Adler
Lilian Lane Lilian Lane ... Nurse #1
Karen Michaels Karen Michaels ... Nurse #2
Cynthia Bell Cynthia Bell ... Hospital Nurse
Victoria Ressurection Victoria Ressurection ... Hospital Nurse
Ofelia Montano Ofelia Montano ... Hospital Nurse
Steve Decker Steve Decker ... Dead Father
Trevor Narom Trevor Narom ... Burned Husband
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A new mother and her child move into her mother-in-law's dark old mansion. She soon begns to suspect that neither the house nor her mother-in-law are quite what they seem to be. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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After 300 years they are back.

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Horror

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Goofs

At the dinner table, the sound is not in synch with the actors' use of silverware. See more »

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[last lines]
Grace Churchill: William!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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The Start of a 13 Film Series
2 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Witchcraft (1988)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A mother (Anat Topol) brings her newborn son to her mother-in-law's house and sure enough the husband (Gary Sloan) and his mommy (Mary Shelley) are actually Satan worshipers wanting to make the newborn the next Antichrist. Believe it or not but WITCHCRAFT was actually a huge hit when it was released to video back in 1988 but I do wonder how many people rented this thing and could have guessed that twelve sequels would follow. Obviously, the film is just another rip-off of ROSEMARY'S BABY but we get a funny little goof in the opening credits when a title reads "Origional Screenplay by" but perhaps this error was done on purpose since the film certainly wasn't original. The film itself makes a few major mistakes in regards to a made-for-video exploitation film. The biggest is that it's pretty dull from start to finish with not much happening anywhere in the first hour. The film isn't shy about ripping off other devil-child movies so horror fans might get a few kicks out of spotting the various rips. The film really doesn't contain too much violence or blood and the real sin is that it doesn't even offer up any nudity making it quite tame all around and there's really nothing here we haven't seen much better many times before. Even those awful rip-offs from the 70s at least offered up violence, gore or nudity. The performances aren't too bad for this type of film and I'll at least give director Rob Spera credit by turning in a professional looking picture, which is something a lot of the made-for-VHS films from this era couldn't say. The film does offer up some campy moments including a priest whose face starts to mutate after entering the mother-in-law's house. Another campy moment happens with "visions" coming from a mirror, which is bound to get several laughs. Still, WITCHCRAFT doesn't have anything really going for it that separates it from the pact so there's no real need to see it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Witch and Warlock See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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