Official Selection: Rotterdam Film Festival
Official Selection: Edinburgh Film Festival
Playing with themes of female fantasy, sexuality, gender, lust, love, and masculinity in crisis, The Love Witch is a true pleasure to watch.
A visually stunning comic-melodrama-thriller from Anna Biller, The Love Witch tells the tale of beautiful young witch Elaine, who is searching for true love. From her apartment, in a suitably gothic house, she makes love potions and casts spells in her quest for true love. But her spells have the habit of working too well, and the men in her life soon become hapless victims.
Anna Biller’s luminescent visual palette, alongside her stunning set and costume designs are perfect, and The Love Witch pays homage to the Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s.
The visual influences dance between Alfred Hitchock, Russ Meyer and Douglas Sirk, and the film was shot on 35mm film, proof (if any were needed) that the medium remains essential. There’s also use of devices such as back projection, further emphasising the period feel of the movie. Meanwhile Biller’s script and direction drive an exemplary cast who rise to the material with ease.
Lovers of the 60s softer horror genre - especially Hammer films will fall in love with this.
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