New On Demand from Wild Eye Releasing!
GHOST WITCH (2015)
aka THE LEGEND OF SEVEN TOE MAGGIE
Directed by Joseph Lavender
Written by Joseph Lavender, Jarrod Musselwhite
Starring Chase Steven Anderson, Mandi Christine Kerr, Josh Sinyard, Christina Pykles, Jessie Bockenek, Joseph Lavender, Elizabeth Barrett, Mandee Bloodworth, Travis Breedlove, Chuck Clark, Slade Curtis, Morgan Dasher, Stephen Dixon, Walter Robert Duckworth, Gregory French, Aidan Gallagher, Pete Ganas, Sammy Harley, Morgan Hennum, April Hollingsworth, Samantha Katelyn, Sabin Lavender, William Mahnken, Katie McKenzie, Allie O’Neill, Christopher Payne, Star Phyfe, Aaron Kendall Pridemore, Lesley E. Warren, Brad Worch II, Lorynn York
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While there may be an effective jump scare or two, that doesn’t take away from the general sluggishness and blandness of GHOST WITCH aka THE LEGEND OF SEVEN TOE MAGGIE (a title I prefer since it actually has more pizzazz than this entire film).
The first half hour of GHOST WITCH is dedicated to an unnecessary scene where a dweeby kid named Zeke (Chase Steven Anderson) is picked on at a pool party by a boring bully-type. After being dunked into the pool, the bully’s sister Maddie (Mandi Christine Kerr) bonds with him over a towel-off and a revelation that both of them are into the paranormal. It just so happens that Maddie’s relatives have an old house that may be haunted, so Zeke calls up his ghost hunting buddies to investigate. So before we get to ghost-one, one third of the film is over, which may be a hint that there’s not a lot to this film. The slow start doesn’t get any better as we then have to be introduced to the ghost team, their setup at the house. And we meet an old dude with a warning who is actually named Jenkins (a la Old Man Jenkins from the Scooby Crew). Sure the reference is obvious, but while it is meant to be clever, that’s about as clever as this one gets. Soon one of the crew is possessed by a spirit and begins writing on the walls while a ghost begins showing up on pictures and video tapes. Sure enough we learn via flashback that a woman named Maggie was tormented in the house and is not out for revenge via the people she possesses until it is finally down to Maddie and Zeke who struggle with the possession since they have budding feelings for one another.
I’m not one to not like a film because of its low budget, but what often comes with low budget is bad acting, meandering and nonsensical scripting, and flat direction and that’s what appears here in GHOST WITCH. I might have jumped once in the film, not because of a scare, but most likely I was shocked that some action actually occurred. The actors playing the roles seem to be required to show emotion they just can’t quite reach. And it doesn’t help that the script seems to be Sunday driving through the whole story and really never gets to a point until the climax. All in all, GHOST WITCH is made less effective by its pacing more than anything else. Chop off about forty five minutes of this film and there might have been something there, but that would only leave about twenty more minutes to the film, which shows that there really isn’t much to GHOST WITCH in the end.