The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)


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Two interesting figures in offbeat cinema -- director Matt Cimber (who was married to Jayne Mansfield and directed her final film before going on to a handful of expressive blaxploitation efforts) and screenwriter Robert Thom (who wrote Wild in the Streets and Bloody Mama) -- teamed up for this unusual portrait of one woman's descent into madness. Molly (Millie Perkins) is a woman who is haunted by vivid memories of abuse and molestation at the hands of her father, who was a ship's captain; now … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror
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Written By: Robert Thom
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On DVD: Apr 5, 2005



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All Critics (4)

A grindhouse poem

Full Review… | February 16, 2011

Straddles an exploitation line in telling a simple tale with an unexpected degree of pretense and, if only occasionally, artistry.

Full Review… | March 2, 2005
Film Freak Central

An absurd story with no redeeming qualities

Full Review… | December 22, 2004

September 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Witch Who Came from the Sea


This movie sorta surprised me, as I went into it expecting a straight up witch to be killing people, but as it turns out there's just a fairly normal slasher type story to be found here.

That said, I enjoyed it pretty well as this unbalanced gal starts hacking up her various lovers and other men in the nearby sleep seaside town.

Fun stuff, give it a look.

I loved the dreamy nature of the story and despite being extremely cheap, they did a lot of great stuff with it, I think. The lead actress gave a fascinating, although strange, performance, and I think too many people jump on it as "bad" when honestly, the bitch is just CRAZY. Everyone else is a little nuts, too, I think, and it makes the film's overall sense of logic kinda work. It's not something conventional or "real." It's a surrealistic piece of work. But hell, what do I know? :P


A strange movie. Because of the subject matter, I didn't know what to expect, but it was mesmerizing, almost hypnotic in the way it was told. Incidentally, this was the third movie I've seen in a week that features castration (after Holy Mountain and Hostel 2). Yeah... not something I'm proud of.

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