Having already reviewed and enjoyed Beyond Darkness (1990) aka La Casa 5 it’s now time to look at Witchcraft (1988) aka La Casa 4 which also released on the 15 June 2020 from 88 Films. Let’s find out if this one’s also worth a look, so without further ado here’s my Witchcraft blu-ray review.
- Witchcraft (1988) aka La Casa 4
- Genre: Italian Horror
- Directed by Fabrizio Laurenti
- UK Rating 18
- Discs: 1
- Released By 88 Films
- Blu-ray Released: 15 June 2020
Photographer Gary (David Hasselhoff) and his girlfriend Leslie decide to head to an allegedly haunted hotel located on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. While Gary takes the pictures Leslie is fascinated by the history. However their time on the island is interrupted when a family arrive to view the property.
Following a brief visit they decide to head back to the mainland but discover their boat has disappeared leaving them stranded on an island where it is said a Witch wanders.
Style / Direction
Director Fabrizio Laurenti produces a rather jumbled supernatural horror. Personally I didn’t enjoy his style of filmmaking that much. The film takes place at an abandoned hotel on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. I think this could have been used to better effect.
The other key figure responsible for the look and feel of a movie is of course the director of photography. Gianlorenzo Battaglia was the one taking on that role.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Carlo Maria Cordio and is possibly one of the better elements of the film.
Acting / Characters
David Hasselhoff is probably the best of the actors with the rest all producing passable performances.
- David Hasselhoff as Gary
- Linda Blair as Jane Brooks
- Catherine Hickland as Linda Sullivan
- Annie Ross as Rose Brooks
- Hildegard Knef as Lady in Black
- Leslie Cummins as Leslie
- Bob Champagne as Freddie Brooks
- Rick Farnsworth as Jerry Giordano
Conclusion: Witchcraft (1988) Film Review
I must admit to being somewhat disappointed with Witchcraft (1988) or La Casa 4. The film’s story didn’t flow that well and the location seemed to be underutilised. I guess I never really got into this one and would say it’s a pretty poor supernatural horror film.
This one is really only for those who wish to see David Hasselhoff and Linda Blair in a horror film together!
If you’ve enjoyed my Witchcraft blu-ray review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
- Beyond the Door (1974)
- Macabre (1980)
- Edge of Terror aka The Wind (1986)
- The Devil’s Honey (1986)
- Beyond Darkness (1990)
- Deadly Manor (1990)
- Mandy (2018)
Conclusion: Witchcraft Blu-ray Review
The picture quality is very good, I didn’t notice any damage / dirt marks whilst the overall image is sharp. Turning my attention to the extras included reveals several interviews and features. I really can’t fault 88 Films here, they include pretty much everything you could possilbly ask for. I should just mention that the interviews are in Italian and therefore subtitled. This does of course make it a little hard going.
All in all this is another fabulous release from 88 Films.
- Lighting Witchcraft (19 mins)
- The Music of Witches (13 mins)
- The Witches Mirage (17 mins)
- Mirages and Witchcrafts (56 mins)
- The Sound of Witchcraft (15 mins)
- Return to Witchcraft Before and After (3 mins)
- The Immigrant Short Film (38 mins)
- Original Trailer
- Reversible Cover Art
On to my movie rating for Witchcraft (1988)
- Movie Rating: POOR
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Amazon UK Links
Witchcraft (1988) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Witchcraft blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more horror movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Witchcraft (1988) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Witchcraft (1988) aka La Casa 4
Duration: 95 mins
Director(s): Fabrizio Laurenti
Actor(s): David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair, Catherine Hickland, Leslie Cummins
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A jumbled Witchcraft horror starring David Hasselhoff & Linda Blair.