The Love Witch (2016)

Anna Biller directs Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise and Laura Waddell in this erotic parody of Sixties exploitation where a witch wants a real man, but real men are found wanting.

This is visually a spot on parody of Russ Meyers and Herschell Gordon Lewis. I know Biller denies their influence on her kinky, dark comedy but if you want an easy reference point to her bright, declarative use of colour and the busty, direct tone of performance then that really is the touchstone most will recognise. Not a lot happens but it all looks fantastic and Samantha Robinson gives a compelling and iconic performance as the titular seductress. More a mood piece than a particularly effective feminist statement or genre thrill but in terms of style over substance it is very charming. Possibly another voice needed to be heard in post production as it does drag on indulgently with nowhere fresh to go after the 90 minute mark. Sexy, straight faced, beautiful.

7

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