Friday, February 22, 2013

Season of the Witch (1972)

A neglected housewife decides to fill the void in her empty marriage with magic and witchcraft, which leads her down a dark and terrifying road in George A. Romero's third feature, SEASON OF THE WITCH. While Horror fans may find the suspense to be severely lacking, it is important to remember that the film was never intended to be included in the genre until its clever producers decided to bank on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD's success. Instead, SEASON OF THE WITCH serves as a critical look at marriage and its part in the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s and 70s. Romero does little to progress the movement, however, and if anything, he sets it back another decade with this tawdry tale. His failed attempts at the avant-garde give SEASON OF THE WITCH the appearance of a cheap student film, and the stale performances do nothing to help. The camera hangs on dry, meaningless scenes well past their worth. It is only interesting to see just how far Joan is willing to go in order to find some satisfaction in life, but this still leaves for little payoff in the end. There is no real value in SEASON OF THE WITCH outside of the completist's collection.

Rating: 4/10.

Movies like SEASON OF THE WITCH:
THE STEPFORD WIVES, MARTIN, THE CRAFT.

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