Witchery (1988) from Tuna

Witchery is an Italian ghost witch story shot on an island in Massachusetts. Per IMDb, the original name is La Casa 4.

There is a haunted hotel on the island, and David Hasselhoff is helping his girlfriend Leslie Cumming do some research there. Unbeknownst to him, she didn't have permission to be there in the first place. They are joined by a group of realtors and the new owner. The ghost/witch has some scheme involving killing several people in odd ways, which will allow her to come back to life and have a baby. Witchy starts sucking people through bathroom drains and into dumbwaiters, torturing them, and then doing them in imaginative ways. Another component  of her plan involves the loss of Cumming's virginity, something Hasselhoff has been totally unable to manage. That's no problem for a ghost/witch, however, who can simply ask the devil to rape her in Hasselhoff's stead. Now that I think about it, that probably worked out better for Cumming as well.

After that, things got too weird for words.

It's a bad film. In typical Italian fashion, all voices were badly dubbed. Given that most of the film took place in the rickety old hotel, there was more dialogue than action, making the bad dubbing a real problem. On the other hand, watching Witchery is not without its rewards. Any day I can see Hasselhoff both tortured and with blue balls is a good day, and then there is the matter of Leslie Cumming showing her breasts while the devil is taking her virginity, and a cast which also included a pregnant Linda Blair.

I suppose Hasselhoff's presence gives the film bad movie points, but, even so, this is a very lame effort. 



  • Bare bones



Leslie Cumming shows breasts while the devil is taking her virginity.

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

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Based on this description, this film is a D-

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