“Witchboard” 1986 Film Review:

Witchboard is a 1986 film about three people contacting the spirit of a young boy via using a Ouija board at a social gathering. His name was David Simpson who died in a boat accident at the age of 10. As the film progressed, we see two former best friends gather information about the spirit in a library while the character, Linda slowly becomes possessed by a demonic figure named “Malfeitor.” With some help from a medium psychic and Brandon Sinclair, it becomes clear that Linda’s irrational behavior is caused by Malfeitor who pretended to be “David” throughout the entire film.

What makes this film very appealing is how simple it is to follow the plot. In other words, there is nothing in the film which makes the story confusing for the audience to understand what happened. Nothing is sugar-coated and the film itself does give you your full attention. It also has two to three jump scare scenes which is uncommon in horror films today because too many of those scenes in a film will be a waste of time because they are not building a proper story-line where it might need a jump scare or two. Instead, directors and writers jump the shark too quick where you take action and share the story later which are reasons why horror flicks today fail to recognize why they have a low score rating in the first place. Horror films today do not build upon the story-line but jump off the deep end and start off terrifying the audience before giving the film’s background.

On the other hand, what makes this film not as appealing are the special effects. Granted, this was released in 1986 before CGI existed. Near the end of the film, Jim Morar was pushed by Malfeitor’s spirit out the window where he landed on top of a station wagon and his reaction looked to be out of character. He wasn’t as reactive when he fell out the window. His eyes and mouth were shut and refused to scream for help.

To conclude this review, the editing was poorly executed in the end. But overall, the film was interesting to watch. It has great qualities which horror films do not carry today. For example, a proper background story where everything starts from scratch, eventually adding two to three necessary jump scare scenes and ensuring that everything in the story ties together.


When Writing Movie Reviews, Keep in Mind…

When writing movie reviews about older films, keep in mind what you know would be the most significant and insignificant details to share in your review. When writing movie reviews, keep in mind:

  • That the first paragraph should include a brief synopsis about the film and where it leads to.
  • Whereas the second paragraph is what you find the most appealing about the film and why you like it.
  • The third paragraph should be about the non-attractive details you find that should have been left out of the film and why so.
  • The overall conclusion should dive into your opinion if you think this film should or should not be recommended to watch and what your reasons are for giving this film a certain grade. For example, the film has a good plot which made plenty of sense.

In an upcoming blog post, I will write a review about a movie which was released in 1986 called “Witchboard” to provide you an example of how a movie review is written.

Newspaper Story Scenario #1: Yearbook Club Removal

Here is a fictional newspaper story scenario I will provide to everyone, including a younger audience which will help them understand how a local newspaper reporter publishes their content.

Previously, I wrote a fictional crime story but this time I might spice it up and pick a new topic which will cover a fictional high school (Milton Bluffing High School in Bluffton, South Carolina) where the yearbook committee in a small town struggles to receive money from businesses in order to advertise and keep their club functioning before it runs into the ground. So, the yearbook committee decided to do one different thing: One, they all went out and got a job to support themselves and raise money for the club two meetings away before the Board of Education shuts them down permanently.

At Milton Bluffing High School, the yearbook committee struggles to receive financial support from businesses whom they received ads from previously in which the Board of Education are two meetings away from shutting the club down.

The students on the yearbook committee have decided to ban together and get a part-time job in order to raise enough money where they can bring the club back to light. But what they have failed to realize are not just the businesses who refused to buy an ad and put it in there for them this time but the cost of printing colorized pages and pictures which are quite a hefty steep when considering about the expenses of not just one but multiple yearbooks which are to be released within the next school year. 

The editor-in-chief stepped in and said, “We went out to get jobs because not only do we need to learn how to support ourselves but to be dedicated and committed to the yearbook club. We are passionate about this and going to the media about this might not necessarily mean it will solve our problems but rather send an important message to our Board of Education that they are robbing us from a once in a lifetime opportunity we will never get back once we walk across the stage to receive our diplomas.”

When asked if they plan to create a social media page or a blog in regards to keeping their yearbook club, the yearbook adviser reluctantly stated “We haven’t thought about it yet but since you brought it up, we could do that because there will be upcoming students in the years to follow who would do anything to be on the yearbook staff but to no avail it would be removed due to the Board of Education not giving us a chance to improve as a staff and ensuring that we can find another way to receive funds in order to pay for the costs of building, printing and publishing our memories we made here at Milton Bluffing High School.”

The Board of Education was contacted but refused to answer any questions as to why the yearbook club is shutting down after the upcoming two meetings. Why not give the staff a chance to improve and receive funds before banning the club all at once? The staff hopes for the best but are they prepared for the worst news yet to come?

For more information, please contact the editor John Doe at XXX-XXX-XXXX. 

With this scenario, there are some fill in the blank questions which will need to be filled in regards to why the yearbook club is shutting down in the first place, who made the decision and other questions like that.