Alternate titles : Witches, Dance of the Witches 2, Nightmare, Superstition 2.

Tagline : "A Creature from the Shadow World. Childlike, sweet, but with the power of Satan."

Witch StoryAnother of the many seemingly endless amount of witch related films that were coming out direct-to-video in the late 80s. This one revolves around teenage brother and sister, Carol and Ed Hayes (Michelle Peacock and Gary Kerr), who learn they have just inherited an old house in rural Louisiana.

They decide to spend the weekend there and invite several of their friends to come join them in checking out the place, partying and seeing if they can fix it up. But what they don't know is that back in the early 1930s, the old house was the setting of a brutal lynching that took place, after the locals believed the woman living there was a witch (this is what we in the trade call "foreshadowing").

After several teens experience terrifying nightmares about being brutally attacked, one of them, who has an interest in the occult, decides to play with some tarot cards (never a wise idea in a horror film) and the next thing we know, several of the teenage girls are possessed by evil spirits and start attacking their friends.

Veteran British actor Ian Bannen turns up as a retired priest, who apparently tried to stop the lynching back in the 30s, and tries to help the surviving teens by performing an exorcism and there's also a sub plot about a ghostly girl who some of them keep seeing around the property, who may have been possessed by the witch back in the 30s.

Aping the plots of The Evil Dead (1981), The Amityville Horror (1979) and a whole bunch of other films beside. There is some nice gore in places, including an interesting scene with someone bursting out of a pond with a razzing chainsaw, but is otherwise just your typical 80's "teens in peril" horror fare, and is otherwise fairly unremarkable.

Worth a watch if you like 80s horrors, but that's about it.

Overall Marks : 4.5/10.

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