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James Carl Houghton
Director: Jim Roberson Cast: James Carl Houghton
James Carl Houghton
, Albert Salmi
Albert Salmi
, Lynn Carlin
Lynn Carlin
Jim Roberson

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Flamboyant, giallo-style gore effects are the only highlight of this otherwise pedestrian supernatural horror film, which was originally filmed in 1981 as The Witch and shelved for four years, before it experienced a mild midnight-movie revival in the wake of The Evil Dead's success. The ghastly goings-on begin when a clergyman (Larry Pennell) and his family move into an eerie mansion built near the lake where a powerful local witch was drowned four centuries earlier. It soon becomes evident that the spirit of this evil sorceress, whose powers have increased exponentially after her death, is not content with conducting the standard haunted-house scare tactics, and the bodies begin to pile up at an incredible rate. (These audacious death scenes peak with one poor soul's dismemberment courtesy of a flying circular saw.) When a homicide detective (Albert Salmi) and a minister (James Carl Houghton) discover the cause of the macabre mayhem, they prepare to conduct an exorcism (in the mode of The Amityville Horror), much to their own peril. Overblown performances, a scatter-shot screenplay, and hilariously messy gore effects make this movie impossible to take seriously, but it does have a certain tacky charm.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2019
UPC: 0826663192971
Original Release: 1982
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 20,094

Special Features

NEW interview with director James Roberson and actor James Houghton; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Carl Houghton Rev. David Thompson
Albert Salmi Inspector Sturgess
Lynn Carlin Melinda Leahy
Larry Pennell George Leahy
Maylo McCaslin Sheryl Leahy
Heidi Bohay Ann Leahy
Billy Jayne Justin Leahy
Jacquelyn Hyde Elvira Sharack
Kim Marie Mary
Stacy Keach Rev. Maier
Joshua Cadman Arlen
Robert Symonds Pike
Carole Goldman Elondra
John Alderman Romberg
Johnny Doran Charlie
Bennett Liss Arty
Casey King Hollister
Orazio Orlando Actor

Technical Credits
Jim Roberson Director
Ed Carlin Producer
Bud Davis Stunts
David Gibney Score Composer
Penny Hadfield Art Director
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Steve LaPorte Special Effects
Lee Madden Cinematographer
Kelly McGowan Makeup
David Miller Special Effects
William Munns Special Effects
Bret Plate Original Story,Screenwriter
Al Rabinowtiz Editor
Robert Lloyd Lewis Co-producer,Producer
Cricket Rowland Set Decoration/Design
Michael O. Sajbel Original Story,Screenwriter
John D. Schwartz Co-producer,Producer
Donald G. Thompson Screenwriter
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer
Brad White Original Story,Screenwriter

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