Witchcraft the 13th

Witchcraft hits 13!If you loved:

Witchcraft II: The Temptress
Witchcraft III: The Kiss of Death
Witchcraft IV: The Virgin Heart
Witchcraft V: Dance with the Devil
Witchcraft VI: The Devil’s Mistress
Witchcraft VII: Judgement Hour
Witchcraft VIII: Salem’s Ghost
Witchcraft IX: Bitter Flesh
Witchcraft X: Mistress of the Craft
Witchcraft XI: Sisters in Blood
Witchcraft XII: The Kiss of the Serpent

Then you’ll love Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen, the baker’s dozen installment of the longest running direct-to-video horror franchise that’s beloved by people I’ve never met. In fact, hard as it might be for some of you to believe, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single Witchcraft film and don’t get the sense that I’ve missed much of anything. But for those of you who do and you know who you are even if I don’t, the roman numerals are gone but the franchise is back with unlucky number 13. This franchise began in 1988 and has kept churning them out; the previous installment hit DVD shelves in 2002. It simply boggles the mind.

For those of you genuinely interested in the plot to this thing:

“Will Spanner, the reluctant heir to a dark legacy, is once again thrown into battle against the forces of evil when he encounters a series of brutal murders. The victims are all killed in a ritualistic fashion, with their hearts cut from their chests. All the victims also share something with Will, something that the minions of darkness will stop at nothing to possess. Can he unravel the murderous mystery before it’s too late, or will he finally succumb to the darkness that courses through his very veins?”

I remember once planning to attend a horror con dressed as the iconic Will Spanner character from the Witchcraft franchise but changed my mind when I couldn’t decide which of the different actors who have played the role in 7 of the 13 films I should pattern my look after.

Only a DVD distribution company of the highest caliber could possibly bring us a sequel as monumental as this: York Entertainment. Ah, York, the cheap ass company that last I saw one of their films weren’t even bothering with pesky little things like menus and chapter stops anymore. They’ll be releasing Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen on January 8, 2008.

Twenty years of Witchcraft films… We may never be rid of Ulli Lommel movies after all.

The Foywonder

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