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.