Overall Not One of Romeros' Best but a Personal Favourite
By a customer
, 30 Nov 2008
After reading the clutch of reviews about this movie from others online it appears to be an insignificant entry to Romeros' stable of film making.
I disagree. Season of the Witch is not a movie where one expects a lot of 'Bam Whizz' or 'Gore' but portrays exceptionally well a bored suburban housewife's induction to the world of withcraft and the occult and a descent into madness (or does it ????).
What worked for me is the fact that the film is made on the cheap so therefore it gives a more natural progress and grittier evolution. If it had been made for a lot more money this would be lost. Witchcraft, when practiced well, effects things naturally that only the spell caster can witness whilst others are oblivious and think that fortune good or bad is just fate. I'm afraid cloven hooved demons and thunderbolts from fingers is the stuff of Hollywood or Christian mythology - not the faith. Therefore it is this that Season of the Witch captures well. Jan White is superb as the ethereal Joan Mitchell and brings credibility to the character. SOTW stands accused of being 'boring'. I also disagree as feel the ebb and flow does build up to the foreboding climax doing the mis-en-scene a great justice and warning the unwary about the possible outcome of using a power for one's own slightly selfish ends. Magicians Apprentices - TAKE HEED ! I love this film as it deals with a subject matter and strays away from overpowering sensationalism making it all the more eerie !! To be avoided if on the dim side of intellect and have a goldfish attention span, you have Hollywood for that.
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