WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE
Directed, Produced & Edited by J.R.
Produced by Tammi Sutton
Written by Matthew Jason Walsh & J.R. Bookwalter
Director of Photograpy Danny Draven
Cast: Debbie Rochon, Tanya Dempsey, Tina Krause, Paul Darrigo & Brinke Stevens
2002/77 mins/Color/5.1 DD
1.85:1 anamorphic/English/USA/NTSC Region 1
Web site: http://www.tempevideo.com
Review from the Tempe Video DVD
WITCHOUSE 3: DEMON FIRE is a tale of friendship, betrayal and witchcraft. Annie (played by the beautiful Tanya Dempsey) flees from her abusive boyfriend (Paul Darrigo) to find shelter at the beach house of her friends, Stevie (played by the hardest working woman in the business, Debbie Rochon) and Rose (played by a fav of mine, Tina Krause). Her friends are shooting a documentary on witchcraft. After a hot tub and too many drinks, they decide to hold a séance just for fun, unfortunately they have awaken the spirit of an evil witch called Lilith (played by screen genre legend Brinke Stevens). Strange things are happening in the beach house, is there really an evil witch haunting the house or is is Annie's boyfriend wanting revenge, or maybe it is someone else?
Shot on DVCAM video in nine days for only $26 000, WITCHOUSE 3 is an impressive new film from Bookwalter. Nicely written, good fx, great acting and a story moving at a good pace makes it quite enjoyable. Sure it doesn't hurt that we are watching three great looking girls, Krause coming out of the shower being a memorable scene. J.R. Bookwalter wrote, produced, edited and directed the film which shows that the guy still has it.
Even though it was shot on DVCAM video the DVD transfer is quite good. The day scenes looks beautiful while a few of the darker scenes are a little too redish or compressed but nothing to cry about. The film is presented in a very nice 1.85:1 anamorphic ratio which looks as good as a digital video transfered on a Filmlook process could look. Audio wise we get a great 5.1 Dolby Digital track, its loud, crisp and clear. Lots of money must have been spent on this audio track as it sounds even better then most of the big budget film on DVD! The most impressive thing about this DVD is how many extras there's on it, its almost insane! First of all we have the choice of three commentary tracks, one with J.R. Bookwalter and Debbie Rochon, one with Tanya Dempsey, Brinke Stevens and Paul Darrigo and finally on with the gorgeous Tammi Sutton, Danny Draven and "Spud". All three tracks are fun and entertaining and reveal lots of things about the making of the film. There's also a very good 34 minutes "Witchouse 3" home movie which shows pretty much everything about how the making of the film went, it sure looks like they had a blast doing it. There's a very good 23 minutes interview with Debbie Rochon taking about her first love for films, how she got in the business, J.R. Bookwalter, Tempe Video, THE DEAD NEXT DOOR and more, cool stuff for fans of Miss Rochon like myself.
We also get a 10 minutes interview with cast members, Tanya Dempsey, Tina Krause (who unfortunately doesn't talk much) and Paul Darrigo. There's a 16 minutes bloopers & outtakes reel which features some funny moments, a 10 minutes "The Eye of Debbie Rochon" which is Debbie fooling around with a camera, two very nice still gallery, cast and crew filmographies (where there's supposedly some easter eggs but i didn't find any), J.R. Bookwalter's 1979 short film he did when he was 13 years old called "Burning of the Salem Witches".
We also get trailers to WITCHOUSE 3, VENGEANCE OF THE DEAD, SKINNED ALIVE, EDDIE PRESLEY and BLOODLETTING. The film is separated in 30 chapters, comes in a keep case with a very nice and informative inlay card.
Thanks to Tempe Video
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2003. ©