Warlock Moon (1975)

Article 3148 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 1-25-2010
Posting Date: 3-28-2010
Directed by Bill Herbert
Featuring Laurie Walters, Joe Spano, Edna MacAfee
Country: USA
What it is: Low-budget witchcraft flick

A young female art student ends up dating a young man who takes her to an abandoned spa in an out-of-the-way village. There she encounters a strange old woman, and begins to have mysterious experiences with a ghostly woman and two ax-wielding madmen.

Yeah, I could see how this low-budget horror film (shot in an abandoned tuberculosis clinic in San Francisco) could creep you out under the right circumstances, especially if you caught it late at night. To its credit, Laurie Walters is a likable heroine, and, despite the fact that it often moves at a snail’s pace and has too much wandering around, it never quite put me to sleep. However, the heroine is a major fool; she puts her trust in a creepy boyfriend she barely knows and, despite the fact that she could easily drive off at anytime during the last half of the movie, she insists on leaving herself at the mercy of some quite obvious psychos. It has a fair assortment of plot twists, but the movie is so obvious about showing its hand early on that none of the twists really comes as a surprise. Still, I’ve seen far worse, and the good and bad in the movie is so evenly balanced that I can see how opinions would fluctuate wildly; the IMDB ratings chart does show a fairly even distribution of votes throughout the whole quality spectrum. Uneven, but far from worthless.

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