DVD Review: THE WITCH FILES

THE WITCH FILES was directed by Kyle Rankin who co-wrote the screenplay with Larry Blamire and stars Paget BrewsterHolly Taylor, Britt Flatmo, Alice Ziolkoski, Tara Robinson, Adrienne Rose White and Greg Finley.

High school becomes literal hell for a group of young women who tap into witchcraft in order to fulfill their every wish. While spending a dull detention together, an unlikely gathering of teenage girls discovers one of their group may possess supernatural powers. Intrigued, they follow her into the local woods, where they harness the ambient energy of witches who were persecuted there hundreds of years ago. Realizing they now have the ability to make every desire a reality, the girls form a coven and soon have the entire school under their control. Their newfound power, however, comes at a deadly cost, and before long they find themselves under attack from one of their own … who isn’t about to give up the good life without a fight.

Possible spoilers ahead: The Witch Files follows Claire (Holly Taylor), Brooke (Alice Ziolkoski), Greta (Adrienne Rose White) and M.J. (Tara Robinson), four high school girls who meet Jules (Britt Flatmo), a mysterious new girl who also happens to be a witch. Jules also has an extremely dark past that is slowly revealed as the movie plays out. The story centers around these four high school girls who befriend this new girl in school who ends up showing them how to use a little black magic.

None of them really were friends in the beginning but the idea of Jules practicing witchcraft brings this new coven closer together as they learn how to cast spells. The girls use their new abilities to take advantage of certain situations but it all ends up backfiring on them. It’s all fun at first but Jules isn’t as nice as she appears to be on the outside because she has a sinister agenda that slowly puts some stress on the girl’s personal lives. The foursome catches on to Jules’ evil plan but this puts them all in danger while they try to come up with a way to stop the mysterious witch before she finishes what she started.

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 DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Witch Files ended up being a fun supernatural drama that definitely has elements of Charmed, The Craft and Mean Girls in it. It reminded me mostly of The Craft but it’s not a rehash or anything like that so don’t worry about the movie being a cheap ripoff because it’s not. The story about these four high school girls who meet this mysterious witch was interesting and I thought the cast did a good job with their characters. As if high school wasn’t enough drama now the girls have to deal with the growing pains of casting spells. Kyle Rankin follows up his 2015 horror-comedy Night of the Living Deb with something a little darker and I thought he delivered an entertaining watch. The movie is more of a character study so it doesn’t rely heavily on special effects even though there are a few and here. Even though the movie will appeal more to teenage girls I think some of the guys out there will also enjoy it because I did. Halloween is right around the corner and here’s one more you can put on your watch list. The Witch Files will be available on DVD on October 9th.

Distributor: Dark SKy Films

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.90:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew and the trailer.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer and Director Kyle Rankin
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (05:27)
  • Trailer (01:58)

 

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