Season of the Witch
Nancy Romero, Alvin Croft (executive) for Latent Image
directed by George A. Romero
starring Jan White, Raymond Laine, Ann Muffly, Joedda McClain, Bill Thunhurst, Neil Fisher, Esther Lapidus, Dan Mallinger, Daryl Montgomery, Ken Peters, Shirlee Strasser, Robert Trow, Jean Wechsler, Charlotte Carter, Linda Creagan, S. William Hinzman, Marvin Lieber, Paul McCollough, Sue Michaels, Hal Priore, Louis Yochum, Virginia Greenwald
written by George A. Romero, music by Steve Gorn, title song by Donovan
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Joan (Jan White), a woman not long past her prime, is seriously bored
in her life as housewife and mother of a grown-up daughter, Nikki (Joedda
McClain), while her husband no longer turns her on, doesn't care to
understand her, and is out of town most of the time anyways. Her female
friends are all pretty much the same as she is, bored housewives taking to
drinking a little bit too much. And then she meets Gregg (Raymond Laine),
a provocative intellectual who's also the fuckbuddy of her daughter (who
runs away when she finds out her mother gets turned on by their
lovemaking), and even though he stands for everything she doesn't approve
of, she feels drawn to him - which she could never admit as such, thus she
turns to witchcraft to lure him into her lair ... but it's less than
certain whether him wanting to have sex with her, a still rather
attractive woman, has anything to do with magick. Along the way though,
Joan's powers or her perception thereof are slipping out of her hands - to
rather unfortunate results ...
Despite George A. Romero
directing and despite the word "witch" in the title, this is
hardly a horror movie (but has horror elements in it) but a social satire,
and it works rather brilliantly as just that while navigating its way
through many genres including horror, thriller, drama, comedy etc. but
creating a very original and genre-less piece of art that might be deeply
rooted in indie genre cinema, also when it comes to looks and feel. And
while Season of the Witch is not totally on par with Romero's
horror masterpieces, it's still worth a watch for its uniqueness, not only
in the man's filmography, but indie cinema in general.