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Bay Coven (1987)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 25 October 1987
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.

Director:

Carl Schenkel

Writer:

Tim Kring (as R. Timothy Kring)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Matheson ... Jerry Lebon
Pamela Sue Martin ... Linda Lebon
Barbara Billingsley ... Beatrice Gower
Jeff Conaway ... Josh McGwin
Woody Harrelson ... Slater
Susan Ruttan ... Debbi McGwin
James Sikking ... Nicholas Kline
Inga Swenson ... Matty Kline
Nigel Bennett ... Mr. Bob Holden #1
Patrick Brymer Patrick Brymer ... Store Clerk
Michael Caruana ... The Priest
John Dee ... Old Man Kline
Cree Summer ... Jazz Singer (as Cree Summer Franks)
David Harvey David Harvey ... Old Man
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Tom Holden
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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. Written by Matt Voysey <mdv94r@ecs.soton.ac.uk>

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Something wicked this way comes. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bay Cove See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Originally titled Bay Coven, it was changed to the name of the title location, Bay Cove, which is a better title for the aspects of a horror/mystery given that the "n" that turns Cove into Coven is a kind of spoiler i.e. Coven refers to what Bay Cove is hiding from the main characters. See more »

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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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Effective TV film from 1987 -- better than "Rosemary's Baby"
12 April 2013 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"Bay Coven" is a 1987 TV film also known as "Bay Cove" and (God knows why) "Eye of the Demon." It stars Pamela Sue Martin and Tim Matheson as a couple that move to an island off the coast of Massachusetts where they run afoul of a coven of witches. Woody Harrelson of "Cheers" is also on hand as a friend of the couple.

The story is engrossing, mysterious & creepy and the cast is fabulous. The witches all attempt to present themselves as normal neighbors but fail completely -- there's just something NOT RIGHT about them. The island locations are also a highlight.

Pamela Sue Martin is very alluring as the one who slowly unravels the mystery, which is fitting since she used to play mystery-sleuth Nancy Drew.

"Bay Coven" has been called the TV version of "Rosemary's Baby" and, to some degree, "The Amityville Horror", but -- believe it or not -- although "Bay Coven" is not as good on a technical level due to it's TV budget, it's actually better as far as plot, story and locations go. It's just more engrossing. It also has been compared to "The Devil's Rain," but let's just say it wouldn't take much to be better than that piece of crap.

On the downside, the final act is cartoony with its overt depiction of the coven, but that's almost always the case when films attempt to show witches or satanists and their diabolical doings. Look no further than the final scenes of "Rosemary's Baby." Still, most everyone who signs on for a film like this do so with the understanding that they'll see a group of weirdo occultists and the film provides this, cartoony or not.

GRADE: B+


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