Witchcraft VIII: Salem's Ghost (also known as Salem's Ghost: Witchcraft) is the eighth film in the Witchcraft horror film series.
This film is a major departure from the first seven films. Rather than reviving the Will Spanner character (who died in Witchcraft VII: Judgement Hour, but was brought back from the dead in Witchcraft IX: Bitter Flesh), Vista Street chose to make a stand alone chapter of the series which would spawn a saga revolved around Salem's Ghost. However, the series never materialised, and as a result, Salem's Ghost is entirely out of place when viewed with the other films.
Response to the film was very negative (a possible explanation for the cancellation of the Salem's Ghost series). Director/writer Joseph John Barmettler quoted the film, saying: "It's a movie that really didn't need to get made."
Filmed under the title "Salem's Ghost" in 1994, this film was actually shot before the seventh Witchcraft film. However, it didn't perform well, so the producers retitled it "Witchcraft 8" and released it the year after part 7.
The film was shot in ten days on a budget of about $48,000.
Actress, musician Tane McClure was originally cast as Gayle Baker, but dropped out the day before filming after booking a higher paying gig. The producers recast the role with Anthoni Stewart, whose voice they hated so much they dubbed it in post-production.