Director – Joseph Lavender (The Ghostbusters: A Web Series, The Mark)
Starring – Chase Steven Anderson (Father Figures, Van Wilder: Freshman Year), Mandi Christine Kerr (The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries), and Josh Sinyard (It’s Supernatural, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies)
Release Date – 2015
Rating – 2.5/5
A year or so ago I was on Facebook commenting on a directors status about his film that was set to be released by Wild Eye. Most of you know I’m a huge fan of Wild Eye so I was very interested in this release. On that same status was another director, Joseph Lavender, mentioned Wild Eye was releasing his film as well. I had to find out what movie it was. I asked and he told me it was The Legend of Seven Toe Maggie. What a fucking title that was. I loved it.
Time passed and I forgot about the movie until I went to toss in Wild Eye’s Ghost Witch to review when I heard them mention a local legend – the legend of Seven Toe Maggie. I grabbed the DVD and checked the back of the case and saw the tagline along with Lavender’s name. I went from excited to see this one to really excited. Thanks Wild Eye for sending this one my way!
**Spoiler Alert**The film follows an amateur paranormal investigator who meets a young woman at a party when her brother tosses him in a pool. The two hit it off and she tells him about a home that her family owns. He tells her about a team of investigators he works with and the two set out to investigate the home and the legend of Seven Toe Maggie that the property is known for in hopes of capturing evidence of the paranormal but what they uncover is a decades old secret involving Maggie her and descendants. **Spoiler Alert**
I really wanted to like the film. I’m not much on paranormal flicks but the title Ghost Witch really intrigued me. I do enjoy a good witch story but this one was a bit of a let down. The film has some decent acting and beautiful cinematography but the story was lacking.
The acting in this one is decent for the most part. The cast is dedicated to their roles but some of the scenes is a little awkward to watch. Their emotions and demeanor is just doesn’t fit the scene at times making for an experience almost as enjoyable as Haters Back Off…which isn’t that enjoyable.
I liked what the story tried to accomplish. It had some elements I really enjoyed but at the end of the day its a low budget horror paint by numbers with some plot holes. The films drags on for most of the running time before kicking in the last 20 minutes or so in what is a very predictable ending.
Finally, the film isn’t a bloody mess that most of us enjoy. We do get a little blood with minor effects but that is it. I was impressed by some of the visual effects but they do get lost in the pacing of the film. Overall, Ghost Witch isn’t a bad movie. It has some solid acting and a decent story but it has no replay value. It deserves a watch but don’t expect to remember it a few weeks down the road.