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House of the Witch (2017)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 7 October 2017
A group of high-school kids set out to play a Halloween prank at an abandoned house, but once they enter they become victims of a demonic witch who has set her wrath upon them.

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Alex Merkin

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Neil Elman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emily Bader ... Lana
Darren Mann ... Shane
Michelle Randolph ... Rachel
Coy Stewart ... Dax
Jesse Pepe ... Brody
Arden Belle ... Taylor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Balbo ... Girl
Nolan Bateman ... Lloyd
Joseph Curtis Callender ... Officer Wilson
Robert Gerding ... Diner Patron
Logan Greene ... Boy 2
Jules Hartley ... Wendy Brady
Joel Nagle ... Karl
Paloma Paulin Paloma Paulin ... The Witch
Hunter Trammell ... Charlie Rice
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A group of high-school kids set out to play a Halloween prank at an abandoned house, but once they enter they become victims of a demonic witch who has set her wrath upon them.

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Horror

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Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Witch See more »

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Distilled Media See more »
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Color
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The house was old and 99% empty when production got there. EVERYTHING you see in this house was provided for by a tireless working Art Department led by Anthony Stabley. The only thing that wasn't brought in was the Wheel chair in that classic scene. That was there when production got there and it never moved it the whole time.. See more »

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Anything can happen on Halloween
8 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Saw 'House of the Witch' because the concept was an interesting one and the cover/poster and advertising were cool. Also have a general appreciation for horror. Despite being intrigued, part of me was rather apprehensive watching 'House of the Witch' as well.

Especially when the rating was quite low, which from personal experience recently has not been a good sign. Most of my recent low-budget viewings with low rating and mediocre to terrible reviews have been as bad and in some cases even worse. But went with my gut instinct and saw 'House of the Witch' anyway because it did seem like it would be one of my better recent low-budget viewings. And it actually was, far from perfect and the potential is not completely lived up to but in no way is it completely wasted.

Starting with the good things, Vernon Wells is great and generally the main performers were better than average. The music is both quirky and ominous and the direction when the film gets going is assured. 'House of the Witch' had unsettling parts, didn't take itself too seriously while being fun without being too cheesy.

The characters were not as annoying as feared and don't make as many frustrating and illogical decision making like some films seen recently did (this is always also including bigger budget films that were box office successes if variable critically). Parts are creepy and there is are a few fun set pieces. The threat actually has personality and generated creepiness.

Low budget however does show, the film did need a grander and more elaborate setting while the photography can be too claustrophobic and the effects ropy at best. The dialogue has a lot of cheese and awkwardness and the secondary cast are wooden and some of the chemistry bland.

As said, 'House of the Witch' can drag. Some of the second half is silly and on the wrong side of strange with some weird inclusions.

Overall, better than expected though very flawed still. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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