“Bummer. I forgot my crystal ball… Just a little psychic humor. I don’t really have a crystal ball.” Everyone needs a little psychic humor with their medium, don’t you think? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they share their appreciation for the talented and lovely Tawny Kitaen in Kevin Tenney’s Witchboard (1986).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 243 – Witchboard (1986)
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When his girlfriend becomes dangerously obsessed with a ghost she contacted using a Ouija board, Jim reluctantly joins forces with her ex — his own estranged childhood best friend — to identify and exorcise the evil spirit.
- Writer/Director: Kevin Tenney
- Selected Cast:
- Todd Allen as Jim Morar
- Tawny Kitaen as Linda Brewster
- Stephen Nichols as Brandon Sinclair
- Kathleen Wilhoite as Zarabeth
- Burke Byrnes as Lt. Dewhurst
- James W. Quinn as Lloyd
- Rose Marie as Mrs. Moses
- Judy Tatum as Dr. Gelineau
- Gloria Hayes as Wanda
- J.P. Luebsen as Malfeitor
- Susan Nickerson as Chris
- Ryan Carroll as Roger
- Kenny Rhodes as Mike
- Clare Bristol as Anchorwoman
- Ty Copeman as Party Man (uncredited)
With a bromance, romance, love triangle, and a demonic spirit, this week’s Decades of Horror 80s feature has it all, including Tawny Kitaen. Writer/director Kevin Tenney birthed a minor franchise with his Ouija board nightmare original, Witchboard (1986), spawning many sequels and the promise of a remake in 2024. The Grue-Crew brave the supernatural shenanigans to give their thoughts and retrospective on this now cult-classic entry.
At the time of this writing, Witchboard is available for streaming from Shudder, Tubi, and Freevee, as well as PPV from multiple sources. It is also available on physical media as a Blu-ray disk from Scream Factory.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by . . . someone, will be Cujo (1983), from the Stephen King novel, directed by Lewis Teague, and starring the incomparable Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro! It must be Halloween!
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