Oh how thankful I am to have stumbled upon your site! These two movies have been in the back of my mind for years! Yahoo Answers couldn’t help me, so I’m really hoping you can.
Both of these I saw around 1977-79, but I’m not sure when they were made. It is possible they were made-for-T.V. movies/shows since I saw them via hiding behind my mom’s lazy-boy when I wasn’t supposed to be up.
The first movie featured an evil totem pole or carved Indian statue (not huge, probably 2-4′ tall.) It was a round, wooden thing with a carved face and it seemed to glide around. I remember it sneaking down a hallway because it was going to kill someone. There was a good guy who was trying to save the lady and they had to make a protective circle to keep the evil totem out. I think at one point he had to protect someone in a hospital bed and was trying to beat the totem there.
The other movie was about witches – maybe Salem trials, since it was portraying 1600-1700s. I remember it showed a woman strapped to a big wheel or huge wooden spool and people rolling it to crush and kill her.
Any ideas are appreciated!!!