Who knew you could receive hot stock tips from a Ouija board? But proceed with caution, because everything has a price. That pretty much sums up Witchboard III: The Possession (W3) which is an attempt to milk a little more money out of a movie that never needed a sequel let alone a trilogy. There are a few clever moments in the movie such as a death by taxidermy butterflies (Believe it or not, it's quite effective) and a shocking suicide. However, most of W3 is pretty predictable stuff.
The problem begins with the script which starts out strong but gets a little lost along the way. With three authors listed for the story and screenplay, this usually indicates there were problems that needed to be fixed. It shows. This story definitely has potential that was never fully realized.
The second weakness lies in the main character whose body is stolen by the demon. All of a sudden his speech pattern is different, along with his new hairdo…and his wife doesn't seen to notice! It's a bit silly and a subtler approach was definitely needed.
The last weakness is the ending which has some ridiculous CGI effects including a wife spinning rapidly in midair (an LOL moment is there ever was one) plus a demon who is a guy in a slimy Godzilla suit. It just kills what's supposed to be the climax of the film.
So, viewer beware. I was a fan of the first Witchboard but, honestly, the other two are not exactly great cinema. Rumors have been swirling on the internet on a remake of the first film. If it comes to fruition, I look forward to seeing what they can do with it. It's still a great story that has never reached its fullest potential on the big screen.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.