Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Spook Out! Day 21 ~ The Love Witch (2016)

Amazon Says...
"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, leaving her 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."

I Say...
Amazon, you went on too long^. (As did the movie.)

Horror Type...
Occult, comedy horror?

Main Players...
Samantha Robinson as Elaine Parks (Witchy Woman)
Gian Keys as Griff Meadows (Square-Jawed Copper)
Laura Waddell as Trish (Oblivious Decorator)

I liked...
  • the technicolor splendor--the colors, design, lighting, and line-delivery are straight out of the late 60s (an era I heart) and it's all just enchanting (I'm reminded very much of the look, feel, and acting of the earliest seasons of The Brady Bunch)
  • dudes, the star of the piece is gorgeous and even as a hetero gal, I was mesmerized by the love made to her face by the camera. I mean, dang...
  • how wonderfully, perfectly campy it was, made campier by Elaine's single-minded pursuit of her goal
  • the nudity in this was equal-opportunity--we've got wangs! (I'm just sayin', fair's fair.)

The Meh...
  • Elaine's gorgeous but she's also kind of a dick. A narcissistic, irresponsible, empty shell of a dick
  • is this a horror movie? Comedic, certainly. Bizarre, surreal. But horror? I'm not so sure
  • but I am sure that this movie's just too long. Clocking in at two hours, it's a self-indulgent, masturbatory exercise which would have benefited greatly from judicious editing
  • the hot cop's behavior at the very end doesn't make any sense to me
  • the setting was also unclear; it looks like the 60s but then there are modern vehicles, anachronistic vocab, (Apparently A Big Spoiler, from a review I read) one character breaks out an old-school cellphone at one point...what's the point of it all? To say that despite technological advancements we're all stuck in a bygone era?
  • this is touted as being a feminist film and I've no idea why. BC chicks can be just as selfish and murderous as men?

Would I recommend it...?
I mean...kinda? It's entertaining, though it runs too long. Mainly I'd just appreciate it if you watched it and came back to me with your take on why it's a feminist film bc I haz the dumz and I just don't get it. But I don't think hardcore horror fans would appreciate this as a horror film (though they may dig it for what it is...whatever it is...)

I'd love to learn what brand and color lipstick Elaine's wearing through most of this. Also, I'd kill to be able to draw a wing as well as she does (or the makeup artist does, whatevs...).

My Grade: B-
Rotten Tomatoes Scores: Tomatometer=95%, Audience Score=60%

Details, Schmeetails...
I Watched The Love Witch on Amazon (the Rotten Tomatoes page linked above provides links to other host sites)
The Love Witch's Wikipedia Page (Contains Spoilers)

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