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Aug 14

Witchboard II: The Devil’s Doorway

witchboard2Genre: Horror
Year: 1993
Country: USA

aka: Witchboard: The Return, Satan’s Dreams

Director: Kevin Tenney
Starring: Ami Dolenz, Christopher Michael Moore, Laraine Newman, Timothy Gibbs, John Gatins

 

This time you won’t escape from the Devil’s Eyes!

 

The young woman named Paige moves into a new apartment and comes across an old Ouija board during her first day in her new home. She comes into contact with a spirit that calls itself for Susan, a previous occupant of the apartment.

Susan tells Paige that she was murdered, even though there was no evidence of such a crime, but Paige believes in the spirit and starts to investigate the occult events that has occurred in her apartment complex. While investigating, more strange deaths start to happen and it soon becomes clear to her that the spirit Susan might not be that friendly after all…

Kevin Tenney returns here with Witchboard 2, a sequel that are loosely connected to the first one. The story does revolve around a Ouijaboard though, but like the first one the story is also very thin here. It’s also still a bit cheesy and silly, although it does become more «horror» this time compared to the first one.

Replacing Tawny Kitaen in the leading role is the cute Ami Dolanz. She did play in a few horror films in the early 90’s, including one I always enjoyed a lot called Ticks (1993) and also Children of the Night (1991) and Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings (1993). Even if her looks are suitable for a role in a film like this, her character does come off a bit annoying and I’ve seen her give more likeable performances in some of the other mentioned movies. All of the other characters come off very cheesy aswell and none of the performances are really worth mentioning either.

There’s also not that high of a body count or nudity here either to keep the viewers entertained. It moves a long a bit slowly and there’s not much of suspense of thrills either to be found. Even though Kevin Tenney is responsible for the excellent and classic 80’s horror film Night of the Demons, he hasn’t proven himself with his other projects and did not do so with this one either.

Witchboard 2: The Devil’s Doorway is a very forgettable entry in the poor time of early 90’s horror films. It was a bit entertaining at the time it was released, but whatever qualities I found in it back then has been lost on me over time. It’s not a crappy film, but just like the first one there is little reason to seek it out either.

 

 ★★☆☆☆ 

 

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