“This is NOT a sequel to Witch Board!”
It may be directed by the same director and have a suspiciously similar title and it might feature a ghost that seems a lot like the malevolent spirit from Witch Board but Witchtrap is most assuredly not a sequel to Witch Board! Got that? Just in case you missed thr point, this VHS version of this movie opens with a credit that repeats “This NOT a sequel to Witch Board!” On the version I saw, this was followed immediately by a trailer for Witch Board.
Witch Trap takes place in a haunted bed and breakfast. The owner wants to make a lot of money with but first he wants a group of psychics to spend the night and determine whether or not the place is really haunted by the ghost of a magician and serial killer named Avery Launder. (Avery Launder is played by J.P. Luebsen, who also played the evil spirit in Witch Board, to which this film is definitely not a sequel.) Accompanying the psychics is a former cop named Tony Vincente (James W. Quinn) and an A/V technician named Ginger Kowalski (Linnea Quigley). Ginger’s there so she can set up a tripod and take a shower. Guess who is the first to die?
Witchtrap is the type of movie that used to show up all the time on late nighy Cinemax in the early to mid-90s. There’s not much of a story but there’s boobs and plenty of blood and, back then, that’s all that a teenager secretly staying up late and watching cable really needed. Watching it today, Witchtrap is mostly dull but it does try to be about something more than just ghosts and Linnea Quigley shower scenes. The psychics spend a surprisingly large amount of time debating the universe and the concept of morality. It doesn’t add up too much but at least it’s there.
As far as Kevin Tenney horror movies are concerned, Witchtrap can’t hold a candle to Night of the Demons and rumor has it that it’s not a sequel to Witchboard. It’s forgettable but worth watching if you’re having early Cinemax nostalgia pains.