A beautiful young woman starts receiving messages through a ouija board, claiming to be from the former occupant of her apartment. The former tenant claims she's been murdered, but there's ... See full summary »
Christopher Michael Moore,
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
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Whether we believe in them or not, we've all messed around with a Ouija
board at some point in our lives. They're great for parties, especially
at Halloween time. They're also a great subject for a movie, but
haven't been used too often. Two years before his 'Night of the
Demons,' Kevin Tenney made this film where we see what can happen when
someone doesn't use a Ouija board properly. The result isn't a genre
classic, but is a fun and spooky romp.
Pros: Above average performances. Good score, sometimes chilling.
Suspenseful direction. Fast paced. Has a good share of humor to keep
things from getting too serious. Some effective shocks. Memorable death
scenes. Quite well written.
Cons: Nothing new here. Very dated. Detective subplot goes nowhere.
Finale could have used more oomph.
Final thoughts: Though not Earth-shattering, Kevin Tenney's film debut
is a strong one. In a time when most Horror films featured zombies or
masked madmen, 'Witchboard' was something a little different. It's got
just about everything a hardcore Horror buff could ask for. Would make
a great double feature with Tenney's next film.
My rating: 3.5/5
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