GHOST WITCH ** U.S.A. 2015 Dir: Joseph Lavender 97 mins
Originally called The Legend of Seven Toe Maggie, which is a title I prefer, GHOST WITCH is a combination of paranormal, a towns legend and a love story. Zeke a loner, who gets invited to a pool party ends up taking an unwanted swimming lesson. Unimpressed by her brothers actions towards Zeke, Mattie offers Zeke fresh dry clothes and soon find out they have a similar interest. That interest just happens to be of the paranormal, coincidentally not only is Zeke part of paranormal investigation team called G.H.O.S.T., but Mattie’s dad owns a property supposedly haunted.
The story goes that a native american woman named Maggie was tortured in the house and had 3 of her toes removed in the process, hence the name three toed Maggie. Naturally the town stay well clear of the place, but Zeke and his team along with Mattie will risk staying at the property to investigate this towns legend. At first not alot happens but soon the paranormal makes it presence known, this leaves the team hoping they can help the spirit who haunts this place rest in peace. GHOST WITCH does nothing new with the paranormal, haunted house story that has been done to death, but what it does have is likeable characters. These aren’t your usual teen fodder that are indistinguishable from so many other horror movies either. The whole film is well directed but it does suffer from padding in some scenes which takes you away from the story. The story of three toed Maggie is a decent one but unfortunately when she does finally make her appearance you would have rather she stayed a story. Don’t expect to be blown away by the sfx involved here as this film is low budget and it is all about the story so bare that in mind when you watch GHOST WITCH.
Review by Peter ‘Witchfinder‘ Hopkins