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Superstition (1982)

The blood!  The guts!  The wiggling limbs!  I bet Artie (Bennett Liss) and Charlie (Johnny Doran), those poor souls, never expected to lose their heads and their legs when they decided to pull a prank on one of their friends one shadowy night.  One gets microwaved and the other gets sliced and diced by a window frame. 

Welcome to the low budget world of Superstition, a movie that Joe Bob Briggs came to defend when many a reviewer turned up their nose. 

"remains a testament to how solid early horror was"


For my money, this low grade slasher is all types of gooey glorious.  The first ten minutes are golden when it comes to subverting the expectations of the slasher.  And then, thanks to a place that has been trouble since it was built, you have a cursed church-owned property where a witches’ death becomes key to a whole lot of unexpected deaths and disappearances.

And everyone blames Arlen (Joshua Cadman), the caretaker and son of Elvira (Jacquelyn Hyde), for the occult rumors that balloon up around the property.  Even Reverend David Thompson (James Houghton) and his family, who will be moving into the place soon, are concerned.  And then, freakishly enough, weird things just tart to happen.  The two dead teens.  The man who is ripped off the dock.  The Reverend’s strange death via saw blade.  Hell, people on the property just get killed in some of the most bizarre and gruesome ways. 

But what or who is doing the killings?  It appears to be a whole host of supernatural beings.  But why?

And that’s when the family who moves into the place gets their first look at the lake on the grounds.  Lots of crazy shit is going on there.  There must be something in it.  Drain the lake!  Everybody out of the water!

Originally filmed in 1982 but immediately shelved thanks to the extensive gore and the outbreak of the Video Nasties patrol, Superstition is a film that many (like myself) admire.  It was finally released some years later, but it remains a testament to how solid early horror was.  Sure, it is a tad ridiculous (with each death getting a wee bit gnarlier than the last) but, nevertheless, the flick is well-made and, now that it is on blu-ray thanks to Scream Factory, the mad flick will certainly earn a place on your collector’s shelf. Superstition (1982)

One should be concerned when the house you are moving to has no Catholic records attesting to its wicked history.  It’s either too old and the shit going on there has been way too intense for any mortal being to comprehend.  There is no help for you.  Face it, whatever demonic thing it is that lives here is going to keep on keeping on.  Thus, a flick like Superstitious is birthed. 

Get your gruesome on, Superstition is FINALLY out on sparkling blu-ray!

4 beers

Superstition (1982)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
85 mins
Director
: James W. Roberson
Writer:
Galen Thompson
Cast:
James Houghton, Albert Salmi, Lynn Carlin
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
...you should have believed.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Shut your bitchy mouth!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Almi Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
January 2, 1985
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
April 16, 2019
Synopsis: Something horrible is happening at the old house on Mill Road. A series of ghastly accidents has occurred near the site where a witch drowned centuries earlier. But when an alcoholic minister and his family move into the cursed residence, an idealistic young priest (James Houghton) and a cynical police detective (Albert Salmi) start their own investigation into the unexplained violence. Has the daughter of Satan returned for a rampage of vengeance? Will the laws of the Church be strong enough to cast out this demon? And if evil has truly found a new home, is the entire neighborhood headed straight to hell?

Superstition (1982)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- April 16, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Scream Factory’s brand new scan of the film’s original elements looks damn crisp!  The detail here is damned impressive.  Colors are bold, bright, and shadows are thick with lines and deep blacks.  The night scenes – and there are a lot of them – are detailed and heavy with edges.  The gore is explicitly detailed with nice edges.  The colors are bold enough.  Saturation levels are on point and so too is the restored audio, appearing here in a DTS-HD master audio mono track.  Presented with a widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio, Superstitious has never looked as good as it does here.      

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • • None

Special Features:

Not much, but two people behind the movie talk about their history with horror.  A TV Spot and Theatrical Trailer are also included.

  • • Lake of Fire (30 min_
  • • That Crazy Witchcraft (24 min)
  • • T.V. Spot
  • • Theatrical Trailer

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