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Old 09-25-17, 01:02 AM   #1
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"Witchtrap" Reviews/Discussion - 2017 Horror Challenge





Witchtrap (1989)



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Old 09-25-17, 01:40 AM   #2
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Did anyone else buy Linnea Quigley's re-release 45?



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Old 10-30-17, 08:46 AM   #3
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So this was supposed to be over the top horrible lines and acting bad, right? At that, it's sort of brilliant, and a lot of fun.
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Love the ending where he's supposedly talking to a woman, but you can actually hear the actor on the other end of the phone and it is obviously male.
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Old 10-30-17, 11:24 AM   #5
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I agree the not great acting and strangely poor production values added to the charm. According to IMDB 'all of the dialogue and sound effects had to be re-recorded in post-production because of a mix-up with the live sound recording during the shooting of the film'; so that might account for some it what we're picking up on. Linnea Quigley's death scene was unintentionally funny (and what an inventive kill).

When it came to van explosions they didn't skim on the budget (was that taken from another source?). Also, second best head exploding scene ever. Kevin Tenney really needs to blow more stuff up in his movies.

Excellent melting body gag.
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I think that explains the acting. The performances were really bad, which is a shame because by the end, I thought there was a decent story buried in there. It's not one I foresee revisiting all that often, but it did have sort of a low-rent charm.
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Old 10-30-17, 12:50 PM   #7
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Hard to believe this was made AFTER the much more polished Night of the Demons Or even Witchboard. Sound error aside, it also looks like someone’s first-time effort. But as others have said, the badness ended up having some charm.
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I love the 'not a sequel to Witchboard' disclaimers.
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Kevin Tenney seemed to make a career out of these witch/demonic possession films
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Kevin Tenney seemed to make a career out of these witch/demonic possession films
I wish he had done more. I love Witchboard and Night of the Demons. I've heard this one is significantly worse, so I've tempered my expectations for tonight's viewing.
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Old 10-30-17, 09:42 PM   #12
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Not bad, but doesn't quite have the campy feel to it that the other Tenney films had
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Old 10-31-17, 12:43 AM   #13
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Commentary track is worth a listen for anyone who enjoyed the film.
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Old 10-31-17, 01:40 AM   #14
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Man the comments on the acting didn't do it justice. It felt like watching aliens doing their best human impersonations. The dialogue is full of one liners and jokes, and practically none of them landed due to the dubbing. Fun flick, though.
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Yes the pretty stilted reading of the dialog seemed pretty bad, but I still had a good time with it.

There were a whole slew of evolution jokes, and he even managed to joke about okra....
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Think we should be able to count reading DaveyJoe in this subforum as a horror comedy wildcard entry at least.
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