The Witch Files (2018) (DVD REVIEW)

The Witch Files (2018) (DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Kyle Rankin
STARRING: Paget Brewster, Holly Taylor, Greg Finley
RATED: UR/REGION: 1/WIDESCREEN/NUMBER OF DISCS: 1
AVAILABLE FROM Dark Sky Films

While spending a dull detention together, an unlikely gathering of teenage girls discovers one of their cohorts may or may not possess supernatural powers. Intrigued, they follow her into the local woods where they harness the ambient energy of witches who were persecuted there hundreds of years ago. Realizing they now have the ability to make every desire a reality, they form a coven and soon have the entire school under their control. Their newfound power, however, comes at a deadly cost, and before long they find themselves under attack from one of their own… who isn’t about to give up the good life without a fight.

The Witch Files is a straight up tween horror flick that has its moments of entertainment but never really manages to go above the area of its target audience. It feels like a slightly edgier kids TV horror movie that is only given the nudge due to the language. And even that still stays down in the PG-13 area. So, no, you won’t have f-bombs or gore in this teen horror flick, but you will have a coven of newly turned witches using their power for getting boys, free clothes, and cars until they realize every spell they use hurts them and then they have to seek out the answer as to why with a suspicious cop on their backs. The movie probably doesn’t have any re-watch value but it is a harmless watch for a good once over.

Honestly, I don’t mind the acting here and the story keeps things simple. It was clearly made for teenagers, however, and that is an issue a lot of folks will have trouble with. Yes, I come from a generation that had a love for such gems as Halloween Town and Hocus Pocus, but this movie is true to today’s teens and let’s be honest, today’s teens are highly annoying in most cases and that is the case here. Feel free to give this one a watch if you want. I liked it enough on one watch but I probably won’t watch it again and I’m sure most will feel the same way. But kudos to the young cast for making the most of what they had here.

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