The Love Witch

The Love Witch

DVD - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Oscilloscope Laboratories, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD LOVE WI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,stereo,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
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Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles; closed-captioned

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nrobocop_nwpl May 04, 2019

This fun, shlocky, genre-blend of a film succeeds in evoking a particular '60s B-movie, erotic-horror aesthetic but does it with a contemporary gaze. It has a a dreamy quality and some horror vibes, but manages to also elicit some incredulous laughs. Overall, I think this movie is a lot of fun.

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giadr
Dec 23, 2018

A complete waste of time

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BookEMonster
Nov 26, 2018

This movie gets an "A" for replicating the French B movies of the 1960's by Jean Rollins. (When I was growing up in the 1970's heavily edited and dubbed versions of Rollins movies used to show late on Saturday nights on UHF channels, along with the more modest Hammer horror movies- yes compared to Rollins, Hammer is modest!)
Love Witch is basically a very good graduate film school project demonstrating the director's ability to duplicate Rollins and Hammer horror films of the 60's and 70's in story, editing, production design, set dressing, wardrobe, and hair and makeup. All style and no substance. I made myself watch it to the end because I kept hoping it would do something to engage me. It didn't. I did enjoy seeing Eureka, CA though, and the beautiful Victorian house Elaine lived in.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 06, 2018

In all honesty, I don’t think this movie is too bad but it definitely isn’t the right movie for me. Elaine is a young and edgy witch who creates all these potions to get men to fall in love with her, until she messes up and has too many men lusting for her, eventually leading her to murder. I didn’t like this movie because I just don’t typically enjoy magic themed storytelling, especially when it is related to comedy or satire in some way like it is in this movie. I would rate this movie 3/5 stars, and recommend it to those who may actually get into the story-line and the characters. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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misatim
Jul 12, 2018

this is a 2016 film trying to look like a 1960's film. Which I think it does a good job of looking like a 60's B rated movie. It would play well next to a Charles Manson of the time. Other then that pass it by

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OctoburFrost
Mar 23, 2018

Loved it! Beautiful and intriguing.
If you like occult stuff and are a fan of artsy films and old horror you'll love it.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Nov 03, 2017

Terrible

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KB8624
Jul 10, 2017

Ridiculous - worse than b movies. You'll definitely swear for wasting your time on this cheese pile.

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u1ahbme
Jun 27, 2017

I really wanted to like this movie. The coloring and style is a great homage to 70's grind-house movies. The feminist dialogue was often intentionally hilarious. However is dragged on way too long.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 05, 2017

"I'm the love witch, I'm your ultimate fantasy!"
I'm always on the lookout for weird, under the radar films and this fits the bill. It kinda of had me at the title. "The Love Witch" is a strange brew of horror, romance, satire, and homage. Samantha Robinson plays the title character, a glamorous witch who shows up in a small California town and starts casting love spells, some of which have fatal results! The look of the film, which references both classic Hollywood technicolor films and pulpy Italian horror, is incredibly strong and distinctive and points out how few contemporary films have much of an aesthetic. Writer/director/designer Anna Biller is not just recycling old movie though and while there's a tongue in cheek tone at times, she's also interested in gender roles, stereotypes, and feminism. Robinson finds the right balance of innocence and malice and owns every scene she's in. It can be a little slow moving, but it's a film that embraces visual exuberance and oddness, which is hard to find these days.

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