Posts Tagged ‘Witchcraft II: The Temptress’

TV isolated vintageSometimes when searching for certain films to watch for a particular segment, it is often hard to gauge how a film will fit to the mold you have set. Often when searching for a film that is going to be cheesy enough for Cheeseball Cinema usually you are looking for whether or not the film has bad acting in it. Sometimes a lot of T&A in a film is usually a good sign of a cheesy film. Sometimes, a horror, a comedy, or a combination of both is a good sign of one as well. I definitely took a chance with today’s film Witchcraft which I am not sure about it’s ties to Troma, but it’s featured on their streaming service. The film follows Grace (Anat Topol) who has just had a baby, but suffered from some weird visions of a couple getting burned alive at the stake in the 1600’s. When her husband brings her and the baby to his mothers house, weird visions and occurrences start to haunt poor Grace, but what does it all mean? The film also stars Gary Sloan (Witchcraft II: The Temptress) as John Stocton, Mary Shelley (Witchcraft II: The Temptress) as Elizabeth Stocton, Deborah Scott as Linda, Lee Kissman (Chameleon) as Ellsworth, Alexander Kirkwood (MacGyver) as the Priest, and the film was directed by Rob Spera (Army Wives).

TV isolated vintageIt’s not a surprise to me, but the director is the most successful person from this project which was a little bit of a Rosemary’s Baby knock off. Instead of the woman being pregnant and seeing things, she has already had the baby and she is going crazy. One of the first thoughts in my head when I started watching the film was that it felt like a made for TV film from beginning to end with literally little to no cursing, no T&A (only the insinuation of it), and some of the scene changes made it feel that way. One of the coolest scenes that they do little to explain how he got there was the scene where the priest hung himself. It was out of nowhere and it shocked you, but again no explanation to how he got there. The other cool scene is when here friend Linda gets her head chopped off, but we don’t see by who and it’s never really revealed, but you assume you know who it is. I thought we would get some T&A from Linda, but no dice in this one and that’s OK because the story wasn’t terrible by any means. The acting wasn’t terrible by any means, it just borrowed elements from other films and as I said it’s Rosemary’s Baby but with Witchcraft. There are all kinds of goofs you can find in this one from thew audio of the cutlery not matching in the dinner scene or the scene where you can hear someone walking, but there’s no one in the room other than the two main characters. Take your pick, but I’ll be checking out more from the series soon. On a scale of one being close to an A-list Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am giving it a 2.5 for a final grade.

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demon windSometimes I treat my films like I treat heavy metal records. I simply sometimes choose a film to watch based on the movie poster or DVD cover and that is what I have done with some albums and that is what I did with today’s film. Today’s film Demon Wind is another film that I picked up courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome at the previous weekend’s Rock and Shock Convention. Cory (Eric Larson) has never really known where he was from or who his dad really was. After a weird chance meeting with his father, he decides to go back to the family land where his grandparents once lived. Along with his friends, Cory will discover and unlock the truth behind what happened so many years ago to his family and the land they lived on. The film also stars Francine Lapensée (Hollywood’s New Blood) as Elaine, Rufus Norris (Broken) as Harcourt, Jack Vogel (Presumed Guilty) as Stacy, Stephen Quadros (Cradle 2 The Grave) as Chuck, Mark David Fritsche (Somewhere In Time) as Jack, Sherry Leigh (Sid and Nancy) as Bonnie, Bobby Johnston (Loveblind) as Dell, Lynn Clark (My Fellow Americans) as Terri, Richard Gabai (The Wasp Woman) as Willy, Mia M. Ruiz (Witchcraft II: The Temptress) as Reena, and the film was directed by Charles Philip Moore (Angel Of Destruction). 

demon wind 2'I actually really liked this film, but I did have some issues with it in general and one of them was the corny dialogue. I loved the story and what the film was about, but there were just too many instances of awkward dialogue. It was either that the writer didn’t know how people communicate or the cast just made the dialogue real cheesy. They had this big jock who every time his girlfriend said something, he made sure to tell people that that was the reason that he kept her around. I wanted to go through the screen to tell the guy that no one gave a sh**. Now some of the things I liked is the way the townspeople looked or the friends looked when they were bitten or possessed by the demons that plagued the land. They acted like zombies, but they had the sense of humor that reminded me of The Evil Dead. Some of the kills were cheesy, but overall some of them actually were pretty cool. The one issue I had was what the hell does Cory turn in to when he battles the head demon at the end? He looked like an alien from Alien Nation with the ears of a demon. That part just made no sense to me because he wasn’t possessed at all by the demons. I thought overall that it was actually a pretty fun film to watch, I definitely enjoyed it. That is why I am going to give it a grade somewhere between an C+ and a B-. It’s somewhere in that grade range.

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