Since I first saw writer/director Anna Biller’s The Love Witch in April, it has been my favorite film of the year, regardless of genre. Now this stylish, hypnotic tale of a witch whose search for love leaves a deadly wake is showing in cinemas throughout the United States this month in a limited theatrical run, starting November 11. Filmed in glorious 35mm, the big-screen cinematic experience is the way to see this one.
In my review for Gruesome Magazine (which you can read here), I wrote: “For daring filmmaking that is outside of the mainstream, and for a sumptuous looking occult-themed horror film that will remind you of Hollywood classics and international fare while standing on its own modern merits, seek out The Love Witch.” Samantha Robinson plays the beautiful young witch Elaine in what I consider to be a star-making turn, and the rest of the cast is marvelous, as well.
The film’s distributor, Oscilloscope Laboratories, gives this synopsis: “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, leaving her 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. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.”
The film’s official website, http://thelovewitch.oscilloscope.net/#, has screening date and location information. Some cinemas offer advance ticket purchase. If The Love Witch isn’t scheduled in your area, take heart: you can preorder the video, which has a release date of April 1, 2017, for $14.99 on the film’s official website, too.