The Love Witch (2016)

From IMDB: “A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.”

What I liked:

  • THE LOOK. This movie was shot (and edited) in an “old-fashioned” way, giving the film a real classic quality to it. From the compositions to the colors to the lighting to the costumes, it felt so good to see such a grandiose style in a modern film.
  • Samantha Robinson is CAPTIVATING. I rarely say that about an actor or actress, but I haven’t been so hypnotized by an on-screen presence in a long time.
  • The movie has some deep subtext about feminism, gender roles/equality, femininity and sexuality.
  • The hazy music just adds to the overall tone of the movie. Speaking of tone…
  • This movie’s tone is an absolute slam-dunk. It looks like a Hammer Studio horror film from the 60s but directed by Camp-master Russ Meyer who then hired the production designer of all the color episodes of the classic Bewitched tv show.
  • It feels like the kind of movie you might find playing on your locally syndicated tv station while channel surfing on a Saturday afternoon.

What I didn’t like:

  • The movie gets a bit slow in the middle.
  • There are more than a few scenes that drag on a little too long.
  • It’s labeled as a horror movie, but it’s not much of one.

Overall: A small movie with huge ambition, bravado and style.

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on Twitter and Instagram, and is also currently writing his first short novel.

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