Speed Review: The Haunting of Morella (1990) - Babewatch In Colonial America December 3, 2018 08:00

Nicole Eggert as a witch in The Haunting of Morella

Put to death for practicing witchcraft Morella (Nicole Eggert) vows to return from the dead and inhabit the body of her daughter Lenora to complete her conquest of immortality and seek revenge on those responsible for her death.  Fast forward seventeen years and young Lenora (also played by Nicole Eggert) is about to turn eighteen years old and inherit a sizable amount of money left to her by her mother's family.  Isolated from the rest of the world, limited to the family property by her father (David McCallum) who fears for her safety both from the possible reactions of the town's people and the haunting last words of his late wife.  But what he's unaware is there is a witch living among them who plans to set in motion the final stages of Morella's resurrection.

Nicole Eggert bathing in blood in The Haunting of Morella

Directed by veteran American exploitative artist Jim Wynorski and produced by b-movie king Roger Corman, I'm sure Edgar Allan Poe (from whose story this is loosely based on) never dreamed one of his creations would be turned into a film like this.  Being a Wynorski and Corman film, and co-starring Lana Clarkson and Maria Ford you better believe there is plenty of female skin being shown, and before you Baywatch fans get your hopes too high Nicole Eggert's more revealing scenes are a body double, which is widely confirmed but also pretty obvious based on how the scenes are shot.  The premise of the film, while predictable and low budget progresses at a decent pace, the actresses are beautiful and there's enough campy absurd moments that make the film mildly entertaining.  While I prefer my B-movies "made in Italy", in terms of American camp anything Roger Corman is attached to is usually about the best in entertaining crap you can get made in America, as most of his films purely aim to please the basic senses, which is pretty well accomplished here.

6/10

 

 

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