Kevin S. Tenney wrote and directed two of my favorite 1980's horror films "Witchboard" and "Night of the Demons", so I had high expectations for "Witchtrap". Sadly, I was left disappointed.
The plot concerns a group of psychic ghost hunters who team up with some skeptical cops to investigate a haunted mansion nick named "Slaughter House". "Witchtrap" features some of the worst acting I've ever seen. The acting is more wooden than a coffin. The only entertaining character is the lead played by James W. Quinn. He has some pretty funny lines and delivers a solid performance(not hard to do considering the rest of the cast's lack of talent). Yes, Linnea Quigley has a small role but she's wasted and killed quickly. However, she does show off the goods in a nice full frontal shower scene before she is offed.
The soundtrack to Tenney's films are usually pretty solid and memorable. Not the case with "Witchtrap". Also the gore is minimal and the kills take place mostly off screen.
"Witchtrap" features an interesting "Notice" screen before the film begins telling you that "Witchtrap" is NOT a sequel to "Witchboard". Why this was necessary, I don't know. The guy on the cover of the VHS box is Malfeitor from "Witchboard" though...and Quinn also starred in "Witchboard"...ah, screw it, who knows. This notice is also on the back of the VHS box as well.
"Witchtrap" features death by shower head, "Piggy" from "Night of the Demons", possession, an exploding head, human meltdowns, and a serial killer magician.