Review: The Love Witch

Title: Love Witch
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Director: Anna Biller
Starring: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell
Runtime: 2 hrs

What It Is: Elaine (Robinson) a witch uses love and sex spells on men in order to make them fall in love with her. Does she care that this love is artificial, no, not really? Just so long as these poor souls worship at her alter. Following the death of her husband, she’ll do anything necessary to assure she is not alone. And if she has to be that it isn’t for long. No man is off-guard whether they be a policeman or the husband of her friend Trish (Waddell).

What We Think: I’ll start this off by saying that I adore the technicolor, throwback vibe of this flick. Biller shoots the film in a very B-movie style. For a film that came out so recently, it does a helluva job looking like 70’s schlocky crap. Here’s the thing, though, this film and its hammy over-acting work wholly and completely. Samantha Robinson plays Elaine with such a seductive swagger you yourself cannot help falling under her spell. Knowing what the film is and was going for tells you a lot about what and where your expectations should be.

Our Grade: B-, A good movie and a real treat for fans of blaxploitation and grindhouse features. It really is a quirky little film filled with larger than life personas all set against the seventies stylings. I think that Anna Biller should keep making movies in whatever style she wants because they are a welcomed change of pace. In a world full of blockbusters and CGI disappointments sometimes it is just nice to throw it back and let the filmmaking do the talking. I recommend this but caution that some may not get or appreciate the films little oddities.