The plot is a familiar run the promising idea of a delving into the relationship between the medium and the spirit and the use of the ouija board, a familiar supernatural icon that is rarely used in horror, soon gives way to a traditional run of exorcism/possession cliches but it is delivered with enough in the way of twists that the familiarity has a certain excitement. The characterisations are better than the average horror film (although Kathleen Wilhoites awful performance as an irreverent punked-out medium is a major low point). Director Kevin S. Tenney does have an irritating way with false jumps, but the film has a cleanly polished slickness that belies the budget. One scene where knives are psychically flung at Tawny Kitaen in a kitchen, with one dropped onto the floor and ketchup allowed to drip onto it as though blood, hits an amusing halfway point between the tacky and eerie.
Witchboard was followed by two sequels Witchboard 2 (1993) and Witchboard 3: The Possession (1995).
Kevin S. Tenney went on to make a number of other B-budget genre films: including Night of the Demons/Halloween Night (1987), Witchtrap (1989), Peacemaker/Alien Peacemaker (1990), The Cellar (1990), Witchboard 2 (1993), Pinocchios Revenge (1996), The Second Arrival/The Arrival II (1998), Endangered Species (2003), Brain Dead (2007) and Bigfoot (2009), as well as produced the remake of Night of the Demons (2009). Tenneys best film is the non-genre thriller Tick-Tock (2000).
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