Witchcraft (1988 film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Rob Spera
Produced by Jerry Feifer
Yoram Barzilai
Written by Jody Savin
Starring Anat Topol
Gary Sloan
Mary Shelley
Music by Randy Miller
Cinematography Jens Sturup
Edited by Tony Miller
Distributed by Simitar Entertainment (USA, DVD)
Release date
November 1988
Running time
95 min
Country United States
Language English

Witchcraft (also known as Witch and Warlock) is the first in the WitchCraft Horror Series of horror thriller films.[1] The film was directed by Rob Spera[1] from a screenplay written by Jody Savin.[2] The film starred Anat Topol, Gary Sloan, Mary Shelley, Elizabeth Stocton, Deborah Scott, Alexander Kirkwood, Lee Kissman, and Ross Newton.[2] The film was released on video in 1988, and re-released October 15, 1997, on DVD. The film is followed by Witchcraft II: The Temptress


As Grace Churchill is having her baby, disturbing visions flash in her mind that show two witches being burned at the stake. It is later learned that these two people are John and Elizabeth Stockwell, who were burned in the year 1687. The visions seem to stop once her baby, whom she names William, is born. Things get worse when she, her husband, and the baby temporarily move into her mother-in-law’s creepy old house. It’s here that the visions start returning, and all sorts of spooky events start happening around her, including a priest hanging himself in their backyard. Grace discovers that the two witches she saw burned at the stake are her husband and mother-in-law, and they claim William as theirs. As the two try to kill Grace in a Satanic ritual, they are killed by their mute butler, leaving Grace to save William.


  • Anat Topol as Grace Churchill
  • Gary Sloan as John Stockton / John Stockwell
  • Mary Shelly as Elizabeth Stockton / Elizabeth Stockwell
  • Deborah Scott as Linda
  • Lee Kissman as Ellsworth
  • Ross Newton as William


In reviewing the entire series, The A.V. Club called the film a ripoff of Rosemary's Baby, but also called it the best film in the entire series.[3] John Stanley in his Creature Feature book gave the movie two out of five stars. [4]



  1. ^ a b "Witchcraft". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Witchcraft Cast, Credits & Awards". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Rife, Katie (October 30, 2015). "We dutifully sat through all 13 entries in horror's longest-running franchise". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ Stanley, John. 2000. 2nd Edition. "Creature Feature. Berkley Boulevard

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