Welcome Horrorfiends to another shinning light on a obscure little horror gem for our wonderful Halloween season. This little film from the early 80s faded into a obscurity probably due to the fact that the poster and trailer made it seem like a Witch film when at the time everybody wanted slasher film. Well the joke was on them because even though this hidden Horror does seem like a Witch film, the movie plays itself more like a supernatural slasher film. That film is SUPERSTITION
from imdb: A family moves into a long-condemned New England household with a big pond out back that everybody loves to swim in. Soon, however, they find that the pond was the site of the execution- by-drowning of a witch three hundred years before, and she’s back to revenge herself on anybody nearby, whether they’re Catholic or not.
This film packs on the “spooky” atmosphere from the get go. The beginning scene is a rift on the “Teens making out in a parked car” that ends with creepy blue lighted and cobwebs atmosphere combined with two gory and entertaining death scenes. The film then presents the family that moves in and though the film doesnt present each character with that much depth, we do notice they are somewhat of a damaged family.
The middle act does get a little show but there are hints and quick death scenes provided by the Witch and the last 25 minutes of the film is where it shines. The Witch makes all hell break loose and characters that you are convinced will not die, you know the old “oh they wont kill off …… in a movie” well they do die, The Witch kills them brutally, So the film takes you by surprise in the last 25 minutes and by how mean-spirited some of the family member death scenes are, especially one involving a stake through the forehead! lets just say this film was a bleak ending and everyone…EVERYONE is fair game to this vengeful Witch.
So if you want a spooky, surprising, mean-spirited Supernatural movie from the 80s this Halloween season but dont want to watch Freddy or Pinhead again, then seek out SUPERSTITION and give this Witch a chance. – James J. Coker