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Old 09-23-16, 10:27 PM
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"Witchboard" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 26





Witchboard (1986)



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These "October Horror Movie Challenge" threads are for the discussion of the films in the 31 FILM SUBSET list.

The plan is for everyone to watch this film on the October day in the thread title, and to start discussing it the morning of the following day.
You may start discussion early if you want, but the preferred plan is for this to be as much of a group exercise as possible, with all of us viewing it "together" and discussing after.

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Old 10-02-16, 09:48 AM
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Re: "Witchboard" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 26

Just an FYI...I was going thru my Roku search the other day and found that you can stream this movie for free in HD with the Shout Factory TV app.
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Old 10-26-16, 06:23 AM
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Re: "Witchboard" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 26

Free to watch on Vudu too.
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Old 10-26-16, 09:38 AM
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Re: "Witchboard" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 26

I never cared much for this movie. Even when it first came out.

It's not scary. The acting is awful. The story is bland. The only decent part is the short nude scene back when Tawny Kitaen was hot.

I watched it at Vudu. There was only 2-3 ad breaks during the movie, each about 60 seconds.
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Re: "Witchboard" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 26

i kept having whitesnake video flashbacks
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Re: "Witchboard" Reviews/Discussion - 2016 Horror Challenge: Day 26

This has some pretty funny lines. 'Would you bring my Ouija board to class Friday. I need it to contact David and make sure he's all right.'

Some years back, Kevin Tenney was in attendance at a local horror festival to promote his new film, Brain Dead. They also showed Witchboard, and he had a Q&A before and after the film where he talked a good bit about making the film. He seemed quite funny and it was a great screening.
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So much of Witchboard is characters standing around explaining the film's inconsistent logic about ouija boards. It gets to the point where the parade of exposition gets hypnotic in a 'so bad it's good' way.

The ever present evil force that does the killing is surprisingly passive for so much of the movie; he can fling sheet rock, slash throats, and impale people as an all powerful presence but then seems to sleep for so much of the movie. The presence needs a "portal" but it doesn't seem like it was near all of the early killings (like the woman psychic). The 'David' ghost can slash Brandon's tires early in the movie without even having a portal.
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i kept having whitesnake video flashbacks
The dated music and styles might be the most fun thing about Witchboard.

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I think I enjoyed the sequel more.
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Originally Posted by WillieMLF View Post
This has some pretty funny lines. 'Would you bring my Ouija board to class Friday. I need it to contact David and make sure he's all right.'
Funnier still juxtaposed against his complaining about the boyfriend being unfeeling.

'Why didn't you come to class??'
'...we were at a funeral.
'...but why weren't you at class?'

I thought the final scene was well done. Was it his funeral? Was it the friend's funeral? No! It was...

..not so much unobvious, but well thought out.
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Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
I never cared much for this movie. Even when it first came out.

It's not scary. The acting is awful. The story is bland. The only decent part is the short nude scene back when Tawny Kitaen was hot.
These were exactly my thoughts on this movie.

Other than some big hair, it doesn't really even have that enjoyable mid-80's vibe that so many other movies from that time seem to have. It was interesting seeing Stephen Nichols in a major role other than Days Of Our Lives (which is what I knew him from since my Mom was addicted to that soap when I was growing up). He played bad boy Patch/Steve.

Damn, Tawny was smoking at the end in the suit with her hair all done up. They made her look almost plain until her nude scene and possession.
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I kind of enjoyed this one. Yes, it was dumb, but it was also fun, and I appreciated it even more for not having that ironic detachment that so many of the movies of the mid-to-late '80s have. I also loved a couple of the supporting characters, specifically Lloyd and Zarabeth.
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Originally Posted by Spiderbite View Post
These were exactly my thoughts on this movie.

Other than some big hair, it doesn't really even have that enjoyable mid-80's vibe that so many other movies from that time seem to have. It was interesting seeing Stephen Nichols in a major role other than Days Of Our Lives (which is what I knew him from since my Mom was addicted to that soap when I was growing up). He played bad boy Patch/Steve.
That's where I know him from! My mom was also addicted to that era of Days of Our Lives. I remember that character well, but I don't think I would have ever recognized him here.

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I kind of enjoyed this one. Yes, it was dumb, but it was also fun, and I appreciated it even more for not having that ironic detachment that so many of the movies of the mid-to-late '80s have. I also loved a couple of the supporting characters, specifically Lloyd and Zarabeth.
These were pretty much my thoughts. Was it good? No, it wasn't. It was often times pretty damn silly, but it held my attention. It made me laugh, even if that laughter was not intended. Good to watch with some friends and have some fun ripping on it.

As someone else mentioned, the ending was well done. I already left that one guy for dead, so I thought it was rather clever when they did the wedding reveal.
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