Bay Coven (1987)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Horror, Thriller


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A young newlywed couple move into a remote seacoast village only to find a secret coven of witches who want them to join all the fun, or face the consequences.


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13 February 2018 | WisdomsHammer
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| Do you like 80s soap formula TV "thrillers"? Go for it. Everyone else, probably not.
I'm getting tired of reviews that say things like "this was good for a TV movie" or "this was good because it only cost me a quarter in a junk box."

A movie is either worth your time or it isn't. Here's my take: If you are a HUGE fan of Tim Matheson or Pamela Sue Martin, and are entertained by formula TV movies, sure, watch it.

For everyone else. You can do a LOT better.

If you are a fan of Woody Harrelson, nah (he's barely in it). If you are a fan of Barbara Billingsley but only as Beaver's mom, skip it, because she shows more range than that in this. (I liked her performance a lot but she's not in it enough to save the movie.)

This movie started kind of promising with a nice, atmospheric, dark spooky night with thunder in a church graveyard following a priest into a church.

Then a cheap jump scare sets you up for what to expect from the rest of the movie. From there, it goes very slowly.

Characters are very slow to catch on, even when they're told exactly what's going on, in order to pad out the movie, I suspect.

There are lots of recognizable actors if you were born in the 80s or before.

I never realized Tim Matheson used duck face so much. His acting was way over the top, in my opinion. Woody Harrelson unintentionally (or intentionally?) played a mouth-breathing creeper when he's supposed to be a trusted friend.

Typical TV movie pacing with a story that keeps getting side tracked and a script that keeps the audience way ahead of the characters. I was very surprised at the generous number of high reviews. This is a 5/10 at best. For me it's a 2, but a couple of things make me bump it to a generous 3. Still, I do NOT want to watch this again.

While not completely original, I found it to be an intriguing story that just took way too long to tell. It felt plodding and clumsy to me. A few things that kept me watching were: Pamela Sue Martin and some of the rest of the cast, including Barbara Billingsley, who both did decent jobs despite the script; scattered interesting scenes and moments of ambience that were more plentiful as things went on; and waiting for the payoff, which, to me, was surprisingly enjoyable, albeit abrupt. Was it worth sitting through? Not in my opinion. You could do worse, sure, but you could do so much better, too.

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