The Love Witch

The Love Witch

The Love Witch

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, in a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas.

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, and she ends up 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.

2016Rating: R13, Nudity & sex scenes120 minsUSA
ComedyHorror

Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

The best kind of homage or parody, the type that honors every thrill and quirk of the original while improving on it.

Variety

Variety

press

It's a lovingly crafted ode to little-loved cinema that's secure enough in its obscurantist nostalgia to make a sly joke of its occasional anachronisms...

Time Out

Time Out

press

It's cloaked in a retro wardrobe and soundtrack (much of the music, by Italy's Ennio Morricone, is sourced from '60s thrillers) but loaded with irony and a fluid sense of identity.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The fear of female sexuality has been a staple of horror movies forever, but "The Love Witch" does more than simply subvert or parody the erotic underpinnings of the genre.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A wild, provocative ride, from backprojected opening to gleefully subversive ending...

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Though a little too languid at two hours, The Love Witch is appropriately seductive.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Biller ... emerges as a feminist Russ Meyer skilled at fetishising archetypal images of narcissism with the exacting eye of a Douglas Sirk.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Destined to be a cult classic, this sophomore effort by Anna Biller is a heady throwback to the American and European sexploitation horror films of the late '60s and early '70s.

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

The best kind of homage or parody, the type that honors every thrill and quirk of the original while improving on it.

Variety

Variety

press

It's a lovingly crafted ode to little-loved cinema that's secure enough in its obscurantist nostalgia to make a sly joke of its occasional anachronisms...

Time Out

Time Out

press

It's cloaked in a retro wardrobe and soundtrack (much of the music, by Italy's Ennio Morricone, is sourced from '60s thrillers) but loaded with irony and a fluid sense of identity.

5.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The fear of female sexuality has been a staple of horror movies forever, but "The Love Witch" does more than simply subvert or parody the erotic underpinnings of the genre.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A wild, provocative ride, from backprojected opening to gleefully subversive ending...

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Though a little too languid at two hours, The Love Witch is appropriately seductive.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Biller ... emerges as a feminist Russ Meyer skilled at fetishising archetypal images of narcissism with the exacting eye of a Douglas Sirk.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Destined to be a cult classic, this sophomore effort by Anna Biller is a heady throwback to the American and European sexploitation horror films of the late '60s and early '70s.

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