Cinemax Friday: Witchcraft 14: Angel of Death (2016, directed by David Palmeiri)

Eight years since his last appearance, warlock-turned-attorney Will Spanner is back!

A record eight years passed between the release of Witchcraft 13 and this installment, enough time for the franchise to go from being a cheap joke to something that people looked back on with nostalgia.  All of the your old favorites are back, with the exception of Kelly.  This time, Berna Roberts plays Lutz and Leroy Castanon plays Garner.  Will is played by Ryan Cleary, who has apparently not only come to terms with his warlock heritage but who is also now wearing guyliner.

There’s a series of deaths in Los Angeles, all involving people who know and who have displeased Rose (Molly Daughtery).  Rose is a witch but doesn’t realize it.  When she discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her, she gets so angry that her powers destroy not only her boyfriend but also the woman that he was cheating with.  With people dying around her, Rose is starting to catch on that she might be a witch and she’s concerned about it.  Samuel (Jeremy Sykes) is the nefarious owner of a yoga studio who wants to use Rose’s powers for his own evil ends.  He sends a coven of witches to recruit her.  It’s all a part of another stupidly complex ritual, this one designed to release the Angel of Death from Hell.  As usual, it falls to Will to prevent the ritual.

Despite the eight year gap between the last chapter and Witchcraft 14, not much has changed as far as the Witchcraft movies are concerned.  The special effects are cheap, the nudity is frequent, and the plot has so many holes that the Angel of Death could probably just slip through one of them and save Samuel a lot of trouble.  The main thing that Witchcraft 14 does have going for it is that it’s more intentionally comedic than some of the previous Witchcraft films.  Samuel may be a Satanist but he and his yoga-based coven are also the epitome of almost every cliché about spacey Californians.  Roberts and Castanon also have good comedic timing as Lutz and Garner. As for Ryan Cleary, he sleepwalks through the role of Will but Lutz and Garner actually get more screen time than he does.

Despite the 8-year gap between installments, Witchcraft 14 is a typical Witchcraft film, just with more intentional laughs.  Those who have nostalgia for the series will probably enjoy it.  Everyone else will just wonder how they could have possible made 16 of these films.

One response to “Cinemax Friday: Witchcraft 14: Angel of Death (2016, directed by David Palmeiri)

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