‘She loved men… to death.’
The Love Witch is a 2016 American erotic horror film written, produced, and directed by Anna Biller (The Incubus). Biller who also handled the production and costume design.
With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, the film explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.
In the US, the film was released in select theaters on November 11 via Oscilloscope Laboratories. The latter release the The Love Witch on Blu-ray and DVD on March 14, 2017.
Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jared Sanford, Robert Seeley, Jennifer Ingrum.
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder…
“ … an expert recreation of ’60s/’70s exploitation fare seen in grindhouses of the time. I sat mesmerised throughout because of the tone, look and askance view on the empowerment subject matter. It’s almost like a Russ Meyer directed version of Blood Orgy of the She-Devils written by Joe Sarno. I felt like eating the Technicolor visuals with a spoon and when the first Ennio Morricone cue began, well, I was in heaven.” Alan Jones, FrightFest
” … the sheer beauty and level of attention to detail in The Love Witch is stunning, and Robinson’s performance shows an astonishing commitment to the physicality of the role, which requires great restraint and poise (utilising her background in dancing). The Love Witch was a particular highlight of IFFR 2016 – a gloriously seductive feminist work, and a distinctly pleasurable viewing experience…” Harriet Warman, Cinematic Investigations
“Though a little too languid at two hours, The Love Witch is appropriately seductive. The deliberately muted performances of a cast selected because they look like 1970s models – with a nice throwaway about The Stepford Wives – are a dead-on match for Biller’s on-the-nose dialogue exchanges and ritual-like scenes of witch cults, tea parties and pole-dancing. It’s a shock halfway through when Trish pulls out a mobile phone…” Kim Newman, Screen Daily
“The movie is relentless in how it poses questions about our culture’s way of dealing with the power of female sexuality (and it wouldn’t work without Robinson, whose appearance and performance is impeccable for the job) and acknowledges that there’s not only unease in these questions and their answers but also mordant hilarity.” Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
“Camp and colourful, and as much a tribute to Stephanie Rothman’s The Velvet Vampire as the movies of Douglas Sirk, The Love Witch is a beautifully designed and shot piece of luscious film-making. It does go on a bit, mind, and if you haven’t fully bought into the more-soapy-than-horror premise of its central character trying to find love at any cost you might find yourself looking at your watch…” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema
Director Anna Biller talks to Kwenton Bellette for Screen Anarchy
Cast and characters:
- Samantha Robinson as Elaine
- Gian Keys as Griff
- Laura Waddell as Trish
- Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Wayne
- Jared Sanford as Gahan
- Robert Seeley as Richard
- Jennifer Ingrum as Barbara
- Clive Ashborn as Professor King
- Elle Evans as Star