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Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.
For years, the Lauter House has been plagued by strange and violent occurrences. Unexplained deaths and seemingly supernatural activities have scared away all perspective tenants and buyers, but now its owners have decided to turn the old mansion into a bed and breakfast. Follow a team of paranormal experts as they attempt to remove the demonic forces and cleanse the property of all evil, through the use of a special device designed to lure in and trap evil spirits. But as soon as they arrive, the violence begins again as members of the team begin to meet increasingly bloody fates...
Director Kevin Tenney's (NIGHT OF THE DEMONS) WITCHTRAP is a gleefully gory and over the top late 80s supernatural shocker. Starring James Quinn (WITCHBOARD) and featuring scream queen Linnea Quigley in the film's most memorable and creative death scene, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to bring this outrageous cult classic to Blu-ray, totally uncut, with its long censored gore fully intact, and in a brand new Director and Cinematographer approved restoration, for the first time anywhere in the world!
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from 35mm Interpositive
2. Completely uncut
3. Group commentary track with: Director Kevin Tenney, Producer Dan Duncan, Cinematographer Tom Jewett and Actor Hal Havins
4. Video interviews with: Director Kevin Tenney, Actress Linnea Quigley, Cinematographer Tom Jewett and SFX Supervisor Tassilo Baur
5. Audio interviews with: SFX Makeup Artist Judy Yonemoto and Music Composer Dennis Michael Tenney
6. Original video trailer
7. "Book of Joe" a short film Directed by Kevin Tenney
8. Alternate ending for "Book of Joe"
9. Production/Promotional still gallery
10. Original cover artwork by Corey Wolfe
11. Reversible cover artwork
12. English SDH Subtitles
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It wasn't as good as I remembered but still a fun watch!
* An evil and powerful black magician/warlock is said to haunt his former mansion.
* A team of paranormal experts, led by an atheist, investigates the mansion.
* The atheist leader believes that hauntings can be scientifically explained as electrical energy emanating from human consciousness. This energy normally dissipates when we die, but is sometimes trapped in a house, hence, a "haunting."
* The atheist leader has invented an electronic device to "clear" the house of this remnant energy and thus end the haunting.
* Each team includes a Mental Medium and a Physical Medium. (Until I saw Legend of Hell House I didn't know the difference. WITCHTRAP is kind enough to remind me.)
* The haunting turns out to be a real evil ghost, who kills many of the investigators.
There are some differences. In WITCHCRAFT, the paranormal team is accompanied by three detectives for security purposes. (Thus resulting in a higher body count.)
WITCHTRAP is a far cruder, lower-budgeted film than the atmospherically shot Legend of Hell House. In WITCHTRAP most of the actors are so wooden in their delivery, it's like watching a cast of plywood boards.
The writing is also poor. Lots of chatter and padding. The characters are melodramatic. The hero detective is a Native American who's always sniping at his boss, and sneering at the paranormal investigators. The writer apparently sough to introduce some pointless bickering for the sake of "tense drama," but it comes across as pointless bickering.
There's some cheap racial dialog.
The Native American's boss says, "We're getting paid a lot for this job." And the Native American snaps back, "What do you mean we, white man?"
Later, the boss orders another subordinate (who's black) to get the police. The black detective refuses. The boss detective yells, "You get going or I'll kick your black ass down those stairs!" The black detective shouts back, "You try that and I'll tap dance on your face like Bojangles!"
I think the writer thinks he's being anti-racist, because the subordinates of color tell off their white boss. But sometimes they're the ones initiating the bickering. Really, it's a wonder this team continues to work together.
The Native American hero detective is always complaining to everyone. He complains to his boss about his job, because it's not hard enough. HUH? Don't most people welcome easy gigs?
Linnea Quigley has a brief role as a technician. After an initial seance, she goes upstairs for a shower, and we're treated to full frontal -- and full back -- nudity. Which is obviously why she was cast.
Objects start moving and killing the various characters. Especially cool was the bullet which rose off a table and then shot itself (without use of a gun) into someone's head.
Legend of Hell House boasts atmospheric sets, beautiful cinematography, admirable acting, a literate script, and an eerie music soundtrack. WITCHTRAP has NONE of that. It's a crudely made film with a no-talent cast. But it's still a lot of fun, if you don't expect much.