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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway (1993)

If the first film makes money, there's bound to be a sequel. But buyer beware because this movie has nothing to do with the "devil's doorway" as the title suggests. Instead we have the tale of Paige, a young businesswoman who aspire to be an artist. She moves into a new apartment and, ta-da, a Ouija Board makes its presence known in her bedroom closet.

If you've seen the first one, you kinda know where this one is going, although the plot is not as interesting as the first film. It's clear that writer/director Kevin Tenney [Night of the Demons] has more money to work with this time and he sinks it into special effects. Unfortunately, a plethera of flying tools and exploding cars don't make the film more terrifying than the first Witchblade movie. They just make it noisier!

Ami Dolenz [Pumpkinhead 2, General Hospital] plays Paige with lots of sweetness and charm and is a very likable character. Is it just me or does she bear a striking resemblance to Sarah Michelle Gellar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I kept on waiting for Joss Whedon's snarky dialogue to come flying out of her mouth but, alas, it didn't happen. The rest of the cast is fine with the most well known actor being Laraine Newman from Saturday Night Live. She plays the landlord who is perpetually stuck in 1969 and provides the movie it's lighter moments.

Overall, the dialogue is stronger and more natural than the first film, but the story just didn't grab me as much as the first movie did. That being said, I enjoyed watching it and if you liked the first Witchboard you will probably like the sequel as well.

RATING: Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.


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