Witch-Hunt (2017) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Philip Schaeffer
Writer: Philip Schaeffer
Producers: Evan Daugherty , Anthony Schaeffer, Philip Schaeffer
Date Released: April 2017
Melina Bartzokis as Rebecca (as Melina Chadbourne)
Erin Curtis as Susannah
Abby Eiland as Mary
Lillian Olive as Alice
Robyn Pucay as Bridget
Suzanne Blunk as Lizzie
Trisha Miller as Priscilla
Rating = 2/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A story of five women who gather together to play a witch-themed board game which makes the participants guess who the witch is in the group. The whole story revolves around each participant’s character and story of their childhood. The movie is divided into the different rounds played during the game with each of the five participants getting special attention during a round.
There is no gore nor special effects in this movie. The ending of the movie showed the few participants with cuts and bruises and a stake in one of the women’s body. Most of the movie is a study of satanic panic and exploring the effects of the child abuse. There is moderate jump scare.
The Grave Review
Witch-Hunt (2017) has such a cool premise of building, creepy tone and almost like a “who dunnit” kind of story, but of the supernatural kind.
Although the movie is done literally in one’s living room, the camera work is above par, and the script was actually well written. It made every conversation plausible. The quality of this movie rests on its dialogues with very limited special effects on hand. It started slow, but the suspense picks up gradually. The tension among characters developed quite naturally.
Performance of each character was controlled and believable. What matters is the periodic creepiness and abundance of humor stemming from the conversations of wine-guzzling, long-time friends who share a clouded and traumatic childhood memories.
It is commendable how each character has hidden backgrounds. It is a clever, spare and modern horror movie with a great all-female cast to boot.
However, the plot lines were not fully explored which makes the whole scenario felt unfinished.
Because of the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Witch-Hunt (2017) two graves out of five graves.
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