Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Witching (2016)

After hitting the 70s yesterday, the winter temperatures decided to return and they are bringing snow with them. While I knew that the warm weather was a tease, it was still nice. Now, with the dreaded wintery mix started outside, it is time to review the next flick on the list: 2016s The Witching.

Plot/ With Halloween only hours away, the members of a popular podcast, The Witching Hour, gather to swap scary stories in the dark. But they bargain for more than just ratings when they venture to the site where the Woodland Valley Witch was brutally murdered.

This one was not what I expected after seeing on the shelf at Family Video. I really expected something more related to the Woodland Valley Witch instead of a grouping of stories in an anthology with the location/witch being the glue to keep things flowing. While there is nothing wrong with a far-reaching anthology, it was just something that I didn’t really expect. As with most anthologies, the short horror films were interesting and kept things moving at a solid pace and there weren’t a ton of disjointed moments. Sure, some of the performances were rough, the run-time felt short, the quality of the different episodes were uneven, and the ending felt extremely rushed and abrupt, but that did not do anything to bring down the overall feel of the film. In the end, this may not be for everyone and it does have some flaws, but it was entertaining enough to keep my mind off the snow falling outside.

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