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Witchboard [Blu-ray] [1986] [US Import]

Stephen Nichols , Todd Allen    Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Stephen Nichols, Todd Allen
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,184 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Scream Factory. 4 Mar 2014
By Mr. K. Arts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
*****This review is for the Region A Blu-Ray release of Witchboard!****

Given it's popularity and occult links, it's always been a mystery why so few horror movies have tried to make use of the Ouija board as a plot device. Famously one was shown as an explanation for Reagan Mcneil's (Linda Blair) possession in Friedkin's The Exorcist, but it was a throw away plot point that assumed most of the film's audience were familiar with how the things worked so valuable screen time was not used up going into too much detail.

Kevin S. Tenney, a young writer/director at the time noticed this too, so as part of his college course he wrote the screenplay for Witchboard (at this time titled Ouija) and when the script got noticed he dropped out of college to go shoot his movie. Witchboard is the first film I can remember to really go into detail in regards to the myths and lore surrounding the Ouija board and delivers a mature and frightening depiction of what can go wrong when someone messes with the board not knowing what their doing.

Tawney Kitaen plays Linda, a gorgeous Law student with two men in her life. Her boyfriend and her ex, both of whom used to be friends until they fell out over Linda. At a party her ex brings a Ouija along and they attempt to contact the spirit of a dead boy called David. When her boyfriend is skeptical and insulting over the board the spirit throws a tantrum. An argument ensues and Linda's ex leaves, leaving behind the board. Linda begins to fool about with the board and soon contacts David, who is friendly at first, but as Linda slowly get's taken over by the board the spirit becomes more and more sinister...

A lot of UK fans probably remember this from the halcyon days of video rental.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane to the 80's. 14 Feb 2014
Do you remember those trips to the video shop as a child, by-passing the kids section and going straight to the Horror section, and seeing a title with NEW RELEASE splattered on the the box. You reach up and gaze hypnotically over the rear cover and wish you could rent it. Well I was lucky enough to have a parent that was indifferent to my choice in movies. So, the 80's for me as a boy of eleven in 1986, I was fortunate to be able to view all these amazing horrors and testament to their originality, I still love them. Is that because I watch them with nostalgia or because they are actually good? Both reasons! And now, thirty years later, proof enough in that these titles are being release in HD and people the world over are queuing up to buy them. Will we be looking back affectionately on the titles of today, the persistant rash of re-makes, CGI fests, retreads of old sci-fi, rom-coms starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan? Me thinks it could happen, probably will, but we'll always regard the 60s-80's as the golden era of creativity in music and films. Think The Lost Boys, Fright Night , Elm Street, Friday the 13th, franchises that are still living and breathing. Were it not for the excesses of the Eighties, Stallone, Willis, Arnie, JCVD would not be around today.
But getting back to Witchboard...a classy little shocker, clearly made on a shoe-string budget but with a little imagination, strong characters, and lots of charm, this film works. Director Kevin S Tenney, perhaps not a mainstay of the industry, made a couple of minor classics, has inadvertantly produced a film that truly deserves to be revisited time and again. Chilling, edgy and Tawny Kitean naked. The 1080p transfer is solid. for a more technical appraisal, visit
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3.0 out of 5 stars Formula time passer 18 Mar 2007
By bernie VINE VOICE
Jack and Jill play spooky with an Ouija Board (that looks creepier as time slowly passes due to the director constantly exchanging boards to see if we notice.) Naturally, they conjure up the wrong spirit. The spirit is a Jason want-a-be. We have the dumb cop that figures it out too late.

Of course, no one stays in the car. You just have to axe-cept this film for what it is.

A side note is that the DVD has a commentary (10 years later) and the making of; that is if you finished the movie and are still interested.

Night of the Eagle ~ Peter Wyngarde[DVD] [1962]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, crfeepy flick - suspense over gore 10 Jan 2010
Don't get me wrong, I love blood and guts but every once in a while it's nice for a change, and Witchboard fits the bill perfectly. Such is the strength of the story that it can be made on a teeny budget and outstrip far bigger budget films - and it did back in the day too.

I won't spoil it too much but Brandon, ex boyfriend of Linda, brings a ouija board to a party and contacts a little boy who died many years ago. He also explains that he and the little boy have a secret signal so that he knows it's the boy he is talking to and not an imposter. He also says never to use the board alone.

Jim, Linda's current boyfriend, mocks the ouija board, the spirit leaves and this just antagonises their hatred of one another. The party ends and Brandon leaves, forgetting his ouija board.

Linda starts to use it to contact the boy. Alone. And she forgets to look out for the special signal. She makes contact - but not with the boy. But someone....evil.

And I won't tell anymore! Just watch it. If you remember the 80's - you'll love the retro feel and be whisked back to your youth. If you don't then watch how films used to be made before ultra fast cuts and fake looking cgi. And if you want a spine tingler, enjoy!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 22 Feb 2008
By Pugmom - Published on
I first saw this in the movie theatre circa 1987, and it has always been one of my favorite movies. Watching it again 20 years later, I can see that it hasn't lost any of its magic. The DVD contains a "making of" feature that's interesting, as well as commentary by the director/writer and producer.

The plot is pretty simple. The opening scene is a party, where someone suggests playing with a Ouija board. Not surprisingly, a spirit is contacted, and strange things began to happen. Tawny Kitaen, the main character, becomes "addicted" to the board and is soon possessed by an evil spirit. The ending is well-done and really cool. The acting from all of the characters is top-notch, and the effects are good. One of the best things about the movie is the actors make it work, making you care about the characters. Also, there are numerous "jumps" or "scares" that keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the movie.

Definitely a must-see for any horror fan, especially of supernatural-themed horror.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.99 STARS: "Hey, I don't talk to cardboard." -Jim 21 May 2005
By HorrorMan - Published on
"Witchboard" is better than many people think. Is it a classic? Well, maybe not, but if it's not in the elite of the horror movie genre, it's clearly one of the better ones. You've got: some great/fantastic kills, a witchboard which is a transmitter to ghosts and demons and ultimately a window for possession of one of the main characters by a demon named Malfador.

The acting in this movie is pretty good for a horror flick and I really thought the movie was well directed too. The characters are dynamic and there is good character development evident throughout the movie which is more than I can say for about 100% of today's trash coming out in theaters. Also, I really liked the plot and storyline. "Witchboard" is an imaginitive and creative horror movie which is based in large part upon a supernatural element involving an evil force is which is released through a Quija board.

It's much more difficult for a horror movie to be successful and effective based on supernatural subject matter as opposed to real life horror...the problem is that as a screenplay writer and director, you have to be able to sell this supernatural element to the audience or the movie is a total short, it's got to make sense at least as far as the imagination is concerned because even in the metaphysical, there has to be some rules, some logic that makes the story work and stimulate the viewer's mind. The directers and writers of "Witchboard" were successful in this area and that makes the movie scary, interesting and good.

The movie starts out at a party in which Linda's friend named Brandon brings a Quija board and they obviously have no idea what they are dealing with. Consequently, an evil and malevolent spirit is released which terrorizes and torments Linda ultimately to the point where it can possess her. It is up to Brandon and his rival Jim to stop this from happening.

I think "Witchboard" is very effective and successful as a supernatural and metaphysical horror movie. Frankly, I don't see any evidence of this "cheese" that other reviewers refer too. Of course, the viewer has to clear the mental hurdles and keep an open mind since the movie deals with the supernatural, but such is the case with any supernatural horror movie including "Halloween", "The Exorcist", "The Shining", "Salem's Lot" and "The Omen", all of which are classic horror movies. "Witchboard" is brilliant with its own logic and delivers the goods as a horror movie. No, the movie isn't terrifying, nor is it scary enough to be considered a horror movie classic and that's why it doesn't quite get four stars, but it's interesting and chilling enough to be a very solid horror movie which is quite effective on its own merits, strong in substance and quite elegant in style as well.

In short, "Witchboard" delivers an interesting storyline/plot, suspense which carries the viewer to and through the climax, a couple of great kills, solid characters and an evil and mysterious villain which is based in the supernatural. What more can you ask for in a good solid horror flick? I highly recommend "Witchboard" and I consider it a must own horror movie for the serious horror movie fan.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you feel so good!!! 16 April 2005
By A. Mielcarek - Published on
This is and will always be one of my most favorite movies of all time! My best friend John and I used to watch this movie when we were teenagers. "Mom Tina", who was John's Mom, worked at a local video store in Sturtevant, WI when we were growing up. Back then, mom and pop video stores were all the hype before the blockbusters and hollywood video stores came into being. John and I use to use the ouija board in his Mom's basement, strange things occurred...the TV shut off by itself, the lights flickered... it was a little scary, but yet we thought it was cool.

Watching Tawney Kitaen, in the Heavy Metal, Whitesnake videos, and knowing Stephen Nichols who played "Patch" on Days of our lives in the 80's...made it cool... For a long time Witchboard was not available at all, it was out of print, and I'm so glad that it has finally been made available on DVD. No matter how old or young you are, I highly recommend the movie! Witchboard 2 isn't bad either, a good sequel... There is also a Witchboard part 3, which isn't the best, but not a bad film... The original, of course, is by far the best!

Also, no one can get over Kathleen Wilhoite, who plays the cool, and layed back, "Zarabeth" the medium who tries to exorcise the spirits from "Jim and Linda's" apt. I could go on... but, I'll stop here... and say...


watch the movie and you'll know what I mean...

Don't play it alone!

haha ha... evil wicked laughter echoes in the distance...Malfeitor is waiting for you you to play!

"A cut above the rest" New York Post...

Tony in Wisconsin
32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun palor game, or portal of the damned? 12 Sep 2004
By cookieman108 - Published on
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I think a good number of people have tried a Ouija (a combination of the French and German words for yes, Oui - Ja) board at least once in their lives, most likely when they were younger, as we're generally more open and accepting in believing in the supernatural possibilities inherent within the game. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it's a board inscribed with all the letters of the alphabet, numbers from 0 to 9, and the words yes, no, maybe, and good-bye. There's also a piece called a planchette, which is a movable three-legged device people would put their fingertips on, and then pose questions that would be answered by whatever supernatural elements may be around at the time, spelling out words or pointing to the words printed on the board. Do spirits actually move the planchette, sending messages from beyond the grave? No...the movements are really caused by unnoticeable, and usually unintentional, forces of the persons whose hands are on the planchette, and usually end up spelling out gibberish and unintellible words.

Witchboard (1985), written and directed by Kevin Tenney, presents the notion that the Ouija board is actually a link to supernatural, even a portal at times, and what happens when a particularly nasty spirit decides to try and make use of the portal. The film stars Tawny Kitaen (yes, the girl from the Whitesnake video), Todd Allen, who appeared in the very excellent western Silverado in the same year, and soap opera regular Stephen Nichols. As the film begins, we are in the midst of a party, hosted by Linda (Kitaen), and her boyfriend Jim (Allen). It seems to be going alright, although it seemed like there was something lacking from your typical 80's party, namely the cocainia...anyway, for some unknown reason, Linda has invited her old beau, Brandon (Nichols), and the tension soon rises between Brandon and Jim, as they used to be best friends, and Brandon blames Jim for stealing Linda away from him...whether he did or not, we will find out later, but mostly this just established Linda as a real bonehead for not taking more care in making up the guest list. As a tension breaker, Linda suggests they play a game Brandon has brought, an Ouija board. Brandon, a true believer, claims to have contacted many spirits, and also claims it's all the real deal, and not some hokem pokem child's game. To prove it, he demonstrates the boards' power by trying to contact a deceased boy named David. Contact is made, but there are a few who aren't convinced, Jim being one, and he basically says it's all a bunch of hooey, which seems to agitate the spirit, and causes some unexplained phenomena included the popping of the tires on Brandon's car. As the guests leave, Brandon forgets to take his Ouija board, and so Linda starts using it by herself, which is dangerous as she soon starts acting strange as the spirit begins taking possession of her. Questions begin arise, after a couple of particularly gruesome death of a friend, regarding the true nature of the spirit, its' intentions, and its' true identity. Jim and Brandon manage to put aside their differences as they see changes within Linda, and fear she may be suffering from her contact with the unknown. Who is the spirit and what does it want? You'll find out...

This really isn't a bad little movie, as there seemed to be more emphasis on the suspense elements within the story rather than just a usual slasher picture that was so very common throughout the 80's. The direction was capable, much better than I would have though, considering this was Tenney's first film, although the script did suffer some fairly lame dialog. One thing I found highly annoying was the character of Jim and his constant use of the word `babe' when talking to his girlfriend Linda. The development of the characters was a bit weak, especially the point of Jim's inability to say the words, "I love you" to his girlfriend. His standard reply whenever she would speak the line was "I know you do". This hardly endears him to the viewing audience, but it does set up for him to profess his love later on, as he and Linda endure much by the end of the movie, and allows him to appear to have grown through the was just such an obvious plot device. Ms. Kitaen did better than I would have thought, as she does appear to possess a modicum of talent, and maybe with a stronger script, she might have come off better (there's even a brief nude shower scene). I felt a little disconnected from the story, as the protagonist was an invisible spirit throughout, whose motives were a bit murky until near the end. We finally do meet him, but I couldn't help think the movie would have benefited had he appeared sooner in the film. The plot does manage to stay on track through, avoiding major plot holes, and wraps up nicely with a less than shocking twist. It did plod along at more than one point, causing the film to run longer than I thought necessary, at a whopping 98 minutes. The worst part about the film was that of character Zarabeth, a medium, played by character actress Kathleen Wilhoite. You may remember her starring opposite Charles Bronson in the 1986 film Murphy's Law. I find her so completely annoying on so many levels.

The wide screen print here looks great and special features include a commentary track by the director and a couple of producers. Also included is a 23 minute `making of' documentary, a theatrical trailer, and a couple of TV spots. Finally, inside the case, is a mini reproduction of an Ouija board, complete with pointer. Anchor Bay does a great job with the release, so while the film is three stars, I am giving one extra for the overall release.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Redheads are nuts 29 Jun 2009
By N. Jameson - Published on
At a party, a guest brings out a Ouija board, and they attempt to contact a spirit he knows. The spirit does appear, but it becomes apparent to the one who brought the Ouija board that this is an evil spirit that is impersonating his spirit, and despite warnings not to use the board alone, a woman uses it alone, and becomes harassed by the evil spirit, his goal to possess her so he can walk the earth again.

So, as a child I was exposed to many great horror movies of the 70's and 80's, and Witchboard was one of them. It always stuck out to me from all the other horror movies from that era. I couldn't really put my finger on it, but I always made a point of watching it when it was on TV. Now that I own Witchboard on DVD, I watch it all the time. If you're a fan of 80's horror movies, this is a must have movie.
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