Warlock-turned attorney-turned-police consultant Will Spanner is back for the 11th Witchcraft film. This time he’s played by James Servais. Working again with Lutz (Stephanie Beaton) and Garner (Mikul Robins) of the LAPD, Will is investigating yet another attempt to perform a ceremony that will bring Satan back to Earth. Why is every Satanic ceremony so elaborate that it always gives Will, Lutz, and Garner time to investigate and disrupt it? That seems short-sighted on Satan’s part.
This time, the head Satanist is a drama professor who is putting on a production of MacBeth and who convinces the three actresses playing the witches to really get into their roles by performing a “fake” magic ritual. Unfortunately, the ritual is real and the actresses are possessed by the spirits of three actual witches. Because they have to find a stone that will help to bring a demon into the world who will then bring Satan into the world as well (See what I mean about foolishly complex rituals?), the three actresses are soon going on a sex-fueled murder rampage across campus. One of the possessed actresses is also the sister of Will’s long-suffering girlfriend and now-fiancée, Kelly (Wendy Blair). That makes it even more important than usual that Will prevent Satan from coming into the world.
As easy as it is to make fun of the Witchcraft films for their grade-Z production values and the often less than impressive performances of the actors involved, it’s hard not to appreciate their loyalty to the idea behind the entire franchise. With only a few exceptions, every film has dealt with Will coming to terms with being a warlock. Even though the actors change frequently, just the fact that nearly every Witchcraft installment features the same characters does a lot to distinguish Witchcraft from other direct- to-video horror franchises. Will and Kelly finally getting engaged would probably be more meaningful if they had been consistently been played the same actors over the last several films (and if Witchcraft XI spelled Kelli’s name correctly) but it still rewarded the viewers who had stuck with the franchise up to its eleventh installment. (Unfortunately, this movie would also be Kelly’s final appearance in the series. The character is never mentioned in any of the films following this one.)
Otherwise, Witchcraft XI features some of the worst acting in the series up to this point and the plot is incoherent even by Witchcraft standards. Supposedly, this was one of the most financially successful of all the Witchcraft movies, probably because of three possessed and often topless co-eds. Will Spanner would return, though unfortunately without Lutz, Garner, or Kelly, in Witchcraft XII.