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Witchery (1988)

David Hasselhoff , Linda Blair , Fabrizio Laurenti  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair, Catherine Hickland, Annie Ross, Hildegard Knef
  • Directors: Fabrizio Laurenti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTTYK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Witchery" on IMDb

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Gary (David Hasselhoff) and his gal pal Linda (Catherine Hickland) visit an island off the coast of Massachusetts where a haunted resort hotel looms to do research on witchcraft. They're joined by the Brooks family (including a pregnant Linda Blair), prospective buyers of the property. When a violent storm prevents them from leaving the island, they're forced to endure the vengeful wrath of an evil witch who won't quit until every last one of them dies a horrible death!

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Witchery (1988) has gone by any number of titles over the years, including the following; Ghosthouse 2, Witchcraft, La Casa 4, Witchcraft: Return of the Exorcist, but no matter which name it's called, the plain and simple fact is it's drecky bit of horror cinema. Produced by the late Aristide Massaccesi aka Joe D'Amato (Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Buio Omega), who specialized in horror and softcore porn, often times featured within the same film, Witchery was directed by Fabrizio Laurenti (Troll 3). Starring in the movie is Linda Blair (The Exorcist, Chained Heat), Leslie Cumming (Zombie 5: Killing Birds), David Hasselhoff (Revenge of the Cheerleaders, Starcrash), and David Hasselhoff's perm ("Knight Rider", "Baywatch Nights"). Also appearing is Catherine Hickland ("One Life to Live"), who was married to der Hoff at the time of filming, Annie Ross (Superman III, Basket Case 2), Robert Champagne (Ghosthouse), Rick Farnsworth, Michael Manchester, and Hildegard Knef (The Lost Continent), as the mysterious and sadistic (and annoying) `lady in black'.

As the film begins we see a pregnant woman in a nightgown being chased on a beach into a deserted hotel by a handful of idiots, and given their garb, I suspect this is meant to have happened sometime in the past. This goes on for a bit until the woman meets an untimely demise as she throws herself from an upper window...which transitions into another woman named Jane Brooks (Blair), who's also pregnant, waking with a start, as it was all a dream sequence (or was it?).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem of low budget, supernatural horror June 8, 2006
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I sometimes wonder if the hacks who write copy for DVD companies actually watch the films. Here's the Plot Synopsis as quoted by Amazon:

"A pregnant woman is taken back to the house of her husband's mother."

NOT! Linda Blair is pregnant, but she's entirely unconnected to the house. And her step mother just now bought house as an investment. So Blair is not "taken back" anywhere; she was never there to begin with.

"There she begins to have strange nightmare about her child and step-family."

No she doesn't. She falls through a portal in the bathtub and sees a baby being tortured. Only Leslie Cumming's character has a nightmare, and that concerns being raped by a demon.

"For the husband and mother are actually reincarnated lovers who were burned at the stake for practicing witchcraft."

NOT! No reincarnation in this film. A present day couple are killed, but they're not related to Blair's character. And only the guy (he's single, not anyone's husband) is burned -- on a cross, not a stake. Neither is the witch who's haunting the island burned at the stake -- she jumped out a window to avoid being burned at the stake.

"She must soon escape from their clutches or have her child sacrificed to Satan."

It would be more accurate to say that the witch wants the souls of the island's visitors, so she may live again.

That said, this is a gem of a horror film. Eight people trapped on an island, whereupon the witch haunting it starts killing them, using their own Greed and Lust against them (kind of like how the seven deadly sins dispated people in the Euro-horror film, THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE, aka, THE DEVIL WALKS AT MIGHTNIGHT.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I originally saw Witchery when I was a kid (I guess this was around the time it was originally released.) Scared the crap out of me LOL Very creepy and atmospheric with the black and white scenes of the witch being chased by the puritans, not to mention the torture/murder scenes. (Wait and see what happens to Annie Ross's charecter.) This film stars Linda Blair and David Hasselhoff, which strikes me as wierd him being in such a low-budget film at the height of his career. And also with the German actress Hildegard Knef as the lady in black. I have been searching for this film for quite a while with no luck, thank goodness Shriek Show has finally decided to release it. Overall this is very good to be just another cheapie horror film, sure it is cliche with the standard picking off members of the cast deal, but with the imagery this turns out to be a horror film that is actually frightining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Words: PRODUCED BY JOE D'AMATO February 24, 2006
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This is one of about a dozen Italian-American co-produced "La Casa" or "Witch/Ghost House" movies made in the later 1980's (after the success of HOUSE with William Katt) and seeming to draw their inspiration from AMITYVILLE HORROR + the excellent SUPERSTITION/THE WITCH by director James Roberson. See Umberto Lenzi's GHOSTHOUSE ("La Casa 3"), the twisted WITCH STORY/SUPERSTITION 2 and Lucio Fulci's all-out Italian SODOMA'S GHOST for more examples: WITCHERY would have been "La Casa 4". The plots are universal & interchangable: A group of seemingly random people gather at a secluded, abandoned house that was the site of (or built on land where) some horrifying event centuries/decades past and suffer the vengeance of a ghost/witch who unleashes her fury in the form of barbaric, torturous killings staged with the usual Italian flair for theatrics.

This is one of the more commercially appealing, with an excellent Massachussets coastal setting, camp value in the presence of not only Linda Blair as a possessed daughter of Satan, but a pre-BAYWATCH David Hasslehoff along with his then-squeeze Catherine Hickland. Some dynamite gore sequences and a nasty Satanic ritual orgy with a goober faced Beelzebub who looks like Marilyn Manson after overdosing on Yoohoo shakes round it out as a great little slice of American horror as seen by Italians. Joe D'amato of ANTHROPOPHAGUS and PORNO HOLOCAUST fame is credited as producer, so you know to expect slick, sleazy, vouyeristic content with a dash of exploitation trash to boot, and WITCHERY delivers ... You can even go to the amazon.uk sister site and find a passable Region 2 PAL DVD release under the Europe title WITCHCRAFT (make sure you have the right kind of DVD player first!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it
Published 1 month ago by kenny
3.0 out of 5 stars LADY IN BLACK
Nothing says 80s like David Hasselhoff and Linda Blair. The film opens with an event that took place in the past of a pregnant woman being hunted down on an island hotel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
I saw this movie years ago and enjoyed it just as I did then. Linda Blair was excellent just as remembered.
Published 3 months ago by Patrick M. Came
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasselhoff does a good job in this film
Although Baywatch is pleasurable, this film holds a special place and David Hasselhoff gives a really good performance... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jason A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Wow what a great movie lots of good actors and a really good mvoie for all to watch and enjoy
Published 8 months ago by Jeffery B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie
One of the bst horror files out there that i have seen. This is truly a great movie with great actors
Published 8 months ago by Jeffery B.
1.0 out of 5 stars linda blair,linda blair.
i had hope for this movie from others on this site....but both hasselholf and blair are terrible.my advice to anybody considering buying it,don't bother..
Published 12 months ago by peter taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
I remember this movie when I was a kid, was thrilled when I seen it was on DVD. I still like this movie. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Shanie
2.0 out of 5 stars Witchery movie
CASE WAS SPLIT IN 2 PIECES... This was a gift for a friend.. I bought her something else and kept the movie for myself
Published 20 months ago by Susan E. Welsh
2.0 out of 5 stars German witch living on an island
I can't say I'm ecstatic over my purchase of this movie. Yeah, I read the reviews and decided to take a chance. Read more
Published on August 17, 2008 by E. Barrios
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