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Witchboard (1986)

Witchboard (1986)

Back of the box..

“It’s called a ‘Witchboard’ (ouija board) and it has a set of strange rules that must be followed. FIrst, the mind must be cleared of all malevolent or distracting thoughts. Second, no mind-altering substances may be used. And finally, never, NEVER use the board alone! The results could be deadly.
This witchboard provides a terrifying doorway to the supernatural as an evil, demonic spirit is unleashed and terrorizes a small community. Tawny Kitaen (Bachelor Party) stars as Linda, who becomes intrigued by the board at a party. Thinking she is calling up the soul of a deceased boy, she unknowingly contacts the spirit of a dead ax murderer, Malfeitor, who rekindles his ‘fascination’ with blades. Linda’s boyfriend Jim (Todd Allen - Mask, Silverado), suspected of being responsible for the gruesome deaths, must find a way to return the evil spirit to its resting place before it completely takes over the soul of his unsuspecting girlfriend.
This spine-tingling tale of murder, mayhem, mystery and the hereafter also stars Stephen Nichols (Days of our Lives - TV Series), Kathleen Wilhoite (The Morning After) and the incomparable Rose Marie.”

Director: Kevin Tenney
Starring: Tawny Kitaen, Todd Allen, Stephen Nichols

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Sorry Ouija (2003), Ouija (2006), Ouija (2014), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Ouija Board (2004), Ouija Summoning (2015), The Ouija Experiment (2011), The Ouija Experiment 2: Theatre of Death (2015), and The Ouija Possession (2016), Witchboard is still the reigning champion of ouija board themed horror—and they couldn’t even secure the rights to the name!

Kevin Tenney, beloved director of Night of the Demons, makes his directorial debut with the supernatural horror mystery, Witchboard. Tenney wrote the screenplay while in film school and dropped out just four units shy of a Masters to direct it. Originally titled Ouija, the name was changed shortly after shooting commenced due to legal complications with Parker Bros. but, nevertheless, they still say “ouija” about ten thousand times throughout the film. Witchboard was partly inspired by true events. . . Give us a moment to roll our eyes back to the front of our heads. These so called “true” events involve an off-screen ghostly tire slashing and ketchup dripping onto a knife thats fallen on the floor. Clearly the veil between the living and the dead lifts for some petty shit. Witchboard is set in Fairfield, California, of all places, for no reason. They never even stop by the Jelly Belly factory or the Budweiser plant! Can you believe it? Well, there are reasons. Tenney lived in Fairfield at some point, which we guess made some sort of impression, and while they did some shooting there much of the story is actually shot at a house Los Angeles you may recognize from the movie Waxwork. (Check it out on Google Maps: 637 S Lucerne Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA)

As with Night of the Demons, the mythology within the story and the character development go above and beyond what’s expected for this genre of film. Tawny Kitaen (Whitesnake music videos) plays Linda Brewster, Ouija obsessed girlfriend to Jim “Jump Scare” Morar, and ex-girlfriend of pretentious rich guy (and Jim’s former best friend) Brandon Sinclair. Uh oh, do you smell a love triangle? But who do we root for? Well, 80’s film rules are quite clear on this. Jim works construction and Brandon is from a wealthy family, therefore Jim is our hero and Brandon is an evil piece of shit. Surprisingly, this is actually where the movie differs a bit from the standard formula. Jim and Brandon’s relationship is an elevating factor in the film and despite their cliched character beginnings we find ourselves rooting for them to patch things up and become friends again. Witchboard has a fairly standard Ouija board setup, where Linda breaks the rules and contacts the dead solo, allowing herself to be manipulated by an evil entity. As strange occurrences intensify, Jim and Brandon band together to take on an Omen-esque hunt for the true origin of their ghostly tormentor. Will these dudes finally get some alone time together to talk things out and, if so, what mysteries will their microfiche search into the past reveal?

Witchboard is so much better than we thought it would be! When we first saw Tawny as top billing we couldn’t get car hood straddling and Whitesnake out of our heads, but then we saw Kevin Tenney’s name and everything changed. Tenney has a way of taking what would typically be a boobs and blood horror movie and imbuing it some actual heart.

If you’ve been burned by the cavalcade of ouija-horror movies materializing like an evil spirit named Malfeitor on your streaming sites, we invite you to give Witchboard a chance. You probably won’t regret it.

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