Blu-ray Review: SUPERSTITION

SUPERSTITION was directed by James Roberson from a screenplay by Donald G. Thompson and produced by Ed Carlin. The film stars James Houghton, Albert Salmi, Lynn Carlin and Larry Pennell

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? 

The opening scene for this 1982 supernatural creeper shows a few mischievous friends gets massacred inside this old house on Mill Road. We’re talking about a goretastic decapitated head that explodes in the microwave and body separation by broken window. This is where Reverend David Thompson (James Houghton) enters the picture and teams up with Inspector Sturgess (Albert Salmi) to investigate the mysterious occurences that center around this old house and the legend of a witch.

There’s a small pond close to the old house that also comes into play because this antique crucifix is pulled out of the water and it supposedly has been neutralizing the witch. There’s also a mysterious little girl that’s linked to all of this. Sorry, can’t give too much away. What happens is, the deaths don’t stop even with the good reverend and inspector on the case but with each brutal murder they get one step closer to solving these cases and discovering the supernatural force behind the unspeakable carnage. It takes a while but this evil force does finally reveal itself to the men and unfortunately they find out that they’re no match for it.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you want to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Superstition has been given a new 2K scan from the original film elements. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Superstition was another first time watch for me that ended up being a really good horror movie. It’s a supernatural thriller that’s also loaded with blood and gore and you don’t see that a lot in movies like this. Needless to say, the special effects looked fantastic. It’s kind of like a supernatural slasher that has a witch in it. The movie was even banned in the UK back in the day and ended up being labeled as a dreaded “video nasty” but would later get released under the title – The Witch. I guess I can understand the controversy with the movie but there’s been so many others over the years that featured much worse content and they didn’t get banned. Anyway, Superstition is a creepy cool watch with a good cast and I thought director James Roberson did a fine job here. The movie has an interesting plot and Roberson delivers a dark and unsettling product that comes with one of those unhappy endings. Hey, the good guys can’t win all the time. It’s hard to believe that a horror movie this good was shelved for three years before Almi Pictures finally picked it up and released it in 1985. Thankfully Scream Factory also noticed it and gave this 1982 obscurity the high-def upgrade it deserves here in 2019. Superstition will be available on Blu-ray on April 16th.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 85 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include two new interviews, the theatrical trailer and a TV spot.

  • NEW That Crazy Witchcraft – An interview with director James Roberson – An in depth interview with the director who talks some about his career and how he got involved with the movie. (23:56)
  • NEW Lake of Fire – An interview with actor James Houghton – The actor talks about how he got into acting, his experience starring in television that ultimately lead to him being cast in Superstition. (30:08)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:54)
  • TV Spot (00:31)
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