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The Witch Who Came From the Sea (1976)

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  • Studio: Video Tape Center
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GBFAM2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking, but intelligent cult classic. 2 Oct 2005
By "razic"
Being banned here in the UK in 1984 under the Video Recordings Act and being placed on the infmous 'Video Nasties' list it seems unfair that this film has langusied in obsurity for so long. Only relesed on DVD last year in the US and still (of this writing) unavalibe in the UK it really is a shame that this film remains unknown.
The film tells the story of Molly, and woman who fantazies over body-buliders,football stars and TV celebrities who's fanatsies turn violent, especialy with the use of razor-blades on a certain part of the male anatomy! But when bodies are found castrated and murdered are they simply just fantasies?
It does have have much in common with Roman Polanski's 'Repulison', and there is some extremely distubing flashbacks to Molly's abused childhood at the hands of her sea-faring father (something she has blanked from her mind)which is at the root of her pychosis.
Not as violent or shocking as it would be believed by it's censorship history, the film does feel a little dated in a early seventies way (despite the year of it being made listed as 1976?). It's the performances that as the real winner here, there is no over-acting here with the exception of a sequence where a starlet shoots up the car of her cheating lover (don't ask!)
Certainly it's a curiosity, but one well worth a look if you like horror movies or thrillers with a psychological aproach or simiply just viewed as an off-beat movie, it's well worth a look.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Witch Who Came From The Sea 5 Mar 2010
By Stoker
Having seen this film on the video nasties list I was slightly dubious about watching it as the majority of those films are either overrated or extremely dull (With the exception of a few truly great ones! And I'm sure you know which ones I mean.) However, I was really impressed with this film. It's a suprisingly well made and original piece of shock cinema. I don't really see this as horror, despite there being a few fairly horrific moments and a downbeat feel throughout. Anyhow, I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys 70's exploitation, horror or just plain weird films. Millie Perkins is exceptional and all in all I'd say this deserves a bit of time as its a very underrated film. And a very strange one at that.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very strange--but effective--film 14 Mar 2005
By Chet L. Young - Published on Amazon.com
The poster art for "The Witch Who Came from the Sea"--which is reproduced in gorgeous color, but frustratingly cropped form, on the cover of the DVD--has absolutely nothing to do with the movie itself. "Witch" is not a horror film, but rather a scathing indictment of child sexual abuse which occasionally veers into horror-like territory.
Millie Perkins plays Molly, a spacy barmaid who idolizes men on TV, dotes on her two young nephews, and often recalls her late, seafaring father with unnatural reverence. She also has ugly castration fantasies that she acts upon about fifteen minutes into the film(don't worry, I'm not giving away the movie's major revelation here). Perkins is really good in this role, and Lonny Chapman also gives a fine performance as her grizzled boyfriend.
What else works in this film? The dreary, battered Venice Beach and Santa Monica location shots. The creepy soundtrack. Molly's sad, uncomfortable, frightening flashbacks to childhood. What DOESN'T work is the dialogue. Robert Thom(Perkins' husband at the time) wrote in the Ernest Hemingway-Rod Serling style; everyone in the film speaks exactly the same way, and they all sound so nutty that you'll often be left scratching your head in frustration. I think that Thom was going for a folksy, man-and-woman-on-the-street feel(for 1976), but the language comes off as goofy and stilted. That said, watch the film anyway--it really is worth it. You'll never, ever forget "Witch". (Without giving anything away, the final scene is wonderful, almost perfect.)
Extras include commentary by Perkins, director Matt Cimber, and cinematographer Dean Cundey; interviews with the same; and trailers for some other movies. What's really interesting about the film itself is that there are two or three scenes which I never saw on the ancient VHS print I used to rent. Brace yourself before you see this; obviously the film is not suitable for children, but many adults will find it extraordinarily unpleasant as well.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than THRILLER, but that's not saying much. 12 April 2005
By Dymon Enlow - Published on Amazon.com
Kinda like a strange variation of REPULSION if re-written by Charles Manson. THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA is about a troubled woman named Molly who had a horrible childhood thanks to her dad raping her nonstop. Now as a heavy drinkin', pill poppin' adult Molly has a few problems of her own. The visions of mutilated corpses and the commercials telling her to kill are pretty serious, but that's nothing compared to her habit of hacking off men's dongs with a razor!

You'd think with a storyline like that that things would escalate until finally the film explodes into an orgy of blood, nudity and gore. Well, that's at least what I was hoping for. Sadly things actually slow down as the movie goes on until finally at the end I was getting pretty depressed.

If you're looking a film about female madness then stick with REPULSION, but if you want some psychotic sexy violence that's gonna make your eyes pop out then watch A CHINESE TORTURE CHAMBER STORY 1 & 2.

Also for all you fans of the Don Knotts/Tim Conway classic THE PRIVATE EYES check out Stan Ross in a brief scene as the tattoo artist Jack Dracula. He's even on the back of the DVD case.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An oddity 3 Jun 2005
By A. Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, forget that DVD cover! Theres nothing as fanciful or fantastical as that blatantly innappropriate image in the movie we have here. "Witch" concers a troubled young woman called Molly who's life is going nowhere as she drifts through her job as a waitress in a beach-side bar. Although, unbeknown to her colleagues, the woman is secretly sliding into madness, as she fantasises and hallucinates over football players she watches on TV, and relives an abusive childhood she suffered at the hands of her father. Things start to turn nasty when Molly actually meets a hunky footballer, but after taking him home she is somehow driven to tie him up and castrate him.

The whole film plods along in a limp dreary fashion, which might work if Mollys behaviour was graphically depicted on screen, but all the violence is very low key and nearly all off-screen, so the viewer does not get much chance to be jolted into being interested in what is going to happen. The locations are all run-down coastal bars and apartments, with plenty of ugly decor throughout which firmly plants this film in the 1970's (when it was made). Millie Perkins does turn in a good performance as the central character, her best line being delivered as she undresses her intended castration victim and then, glancing at the small safety razor blade she has to hand, sighs and murmers dejectedly to herself: "This is gonna take forever..."

Aside from that memorable line, the film will probably not hold your interest for much of it's running time. It's marketed as a horror film, but it is more a study of a troubled woman's descent into madness, that ocasionally lapses into lurid territory. Not really much here to get you sitting up in your seat. And certainly no witches coming from the sea...I still wonder what that title is all about.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close Shave... 17 Jan 2009
By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein - Published on Amazon.com
Molly (Millie Perkins) is a cocktail waitress in a bar. She is also a schizoid murderer on a rampage! You see, Molly was horribly abused as a child by her freakish father, leaving her w/ no alternative other than to castrate any man that deserves it. Molly is guided in her mission by helpful TV commercials that tell her what needs to be done. THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA is an interesting, often tedius relic from the wacky 70s. While Perkins is decent in her role, the rest of the cast is like drift-wood. However, the story isn't terrible, and I never tire of seeing groovy fashions and hearing people say, "Far out!"...
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Venice Beach of the 70's 11 Feb 2008
By Michael E. Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A must see for lovers of 1970's interior design. As a bonus you have a character, powerfully played by Millie Perkins, whose confusion of reality becomes our confusion as viewers, wonderfully so. I don't think anyone can quite fully explain this one. Attempts at feminist revenge generalizations fall short quickly. It must be experienced first hand.
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