Director – George A. Romero
Cast – Jan White, Raymond Laine, Ann Muffly, Joedda McClain, Bill Thunhurst, Neil Fisher, Esther Lapidus, Dan Mallinger
Release Year – 1972
Reviewed by John of the Dead
I had always heard about this George A. Romero film, but never had too much of an interest to check it out or even search for this post-Night and pre-Dawn “lost” film of his. Thankfully, I am glad that I took my time getting to this because it took a lot out of me to sit through this flick. While some find this film interesting, which it IS in all fairness, I also found it bleak and very boring.
Season of the Witch(originally titled Hungry Wives) stars Jan White as Joan Mitchell, a lonely and bored housewife with a rebel of a daughter who gives no damn about and a verbally abusive and unappreciative husband. Joan then comes into contact with the practice of witchcraft, and after a successful spell on seducing a young stud, then decides to put an end to her dreadful husband.
If you need help falling asleep, this film may be a bit too boring to help you find the Zzzs. I really wanted to like this one, and gave it my full attention and every benefit of the doubt possible, but I just could not get into it, and I know exactly why. Quite honestly, this film does not have the material to support a 1 hour and 45 minute runtime. I was astonished at the fact that it took a whole hour for the very first mediocre scare to hit the screen. Yes, an HOUR before things get going. The previous 60 minutes of development were under-satisfying and although they helped define Joan’s character a bit…it should not have taken a whole 60 minutes! From then out on the rest of the film is OK and barely gave me enough satisfaction to give this film the mediocre rating I gave it. The witchcraft scenes were OK, but nothing spectacular as I was hoping to see given Romero’s background as a horror director. The only scene we get reminiscent to Romero’s direction is the final kill of the film, and that is all. If you are going in expecting Romero’s usual work, you will be disappointed.
There really is not much more I can say about this film, because not much more happened in this film. I am astonished at that.
Overall, this is a very mediocre watch that I would not recommend whatsoever unless you really want to take a chance with this one. This film’s overly long and very boring development really kept this from being a decent watch.