Season of the Witch Reviews
January 20, 2014
I was hoping for some sort of horror film, but instead this one is more of a counter-culture portrait from the mid-'70s, so this sort of felt more like a Something Weird Video title than I was expecting it to.
April 25, 2013
George Romero's post Night and pre Dawn tale of a housewife's descent into witchcraft is entertaining and benefits from decent cinematography. It gets a little heavy handed with some of the dialogue but has that aura of a dream like state in some of the scenes that I am fond of.
July 10, 2012
Romero's character study/drama with some horror trappings dealing with a put-upon housewife in the early 70's who finds an escape through the occult. While the acting, sound, and film quality can all be a bit rough at times, the film is still worth a peak as a time capsule.
October 23, 2012
"Season of the Witch" is not as you might suspect a horror film, it actually leans more towards a drama and psychological thriller type of story and to really enjoy the movie it's important to know this from the get-to. The film is also unusual at times, with weird, trippy dream sequences that will likely only make sense on a second viewing but once you get invested in the story, it's an enjoyable watch. The film convincingly portrays the frustration of a woman in the 70's that wants to be empowered and take the reins on her sexuality but can't until she finds a way to give herself the power to change her world. The film realistically portrays modern witches (no pointy hats or flying brooms here) and in that way it is interesting to see a realistic film from Romero. It does have a few problems with editing and sounds but the acting is adequate and it's an interesting story that is sure to spark some discussions with your friends once the film is over. (VHS, October 19, 2012)
September 7, 2012
Not traditional horror, but definitely Romero horror (albeit a bit dated it is still a snapshot of the times). It's not as in your face as NOTLD, more subtle and carrying a variation of the themes of class, race, and consumerism. This strikes me as being more about the levels of collateral damage of the "machine". The father/husbands pursuit of success alienates his wife, which starts the second cycle of damage. The success also alienates the daughter, plenty of material things, but lack of cohesive family structure and another cycle of damage begins. Not his best, but still a great film and like all Romero stories will leave you thinking.
January 7, 2011
The basic idea of the film is interesting, suburban inertia and sexual repression....but the film dragged along and a lot of the acting was overplayed. I would like to see a remake of this film filtered through Guy Madden with a soundtrack composed of theremins, mellotron, and cats mating.
There is more to the idea of this film then witchcraft. witchcraft is just the Pandora's box that leads to a turn into darker, suppressed pins and needles.
December 17, 2007
George Romero fans would certainly not appreciate this film, as it is not considered traditional horror.
Basically, this film is about a housewife the 1970s, whose life is passing by her. She finds independence through practicing witchcraft.
This is an important feminist film with powerful symbolism.
One of the most important parts of the film is actually in the opening credits.
The main character is following her husband around, serving him tea, while he reads the paper.
This segment of the film is very powerful, surreal, and thought provoking.
It is a huge statement of what is was to be a housewife during that era.