Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Witch (1966)

Original title: La Strega in Amore

AKA: Strange Obsession

Director: Damiano Damiani

Writers: Damiano Damiani, Carlos Fuentes, Ugo Liberatore

Composer: Luis Bacalov

Starring: Richard Johnson, Rosanna Schiaffino, Gian Maria Volonte, Sarah Ferrati, Margherita Guzzinati, Vittorio Venturoli, Ivan Rassimov, Ester Carloni, Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia, Elisabetta Wilding

More info: IMDb

Plot: A historian goes to a castle library to translate some ancient erotic literature. While there he discovers what he believes to be supernatural forces at work.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

It held my interest until the last half hour which is weird because that's when shit really gets crazy for Sergio (Johnson).  Until that point they do a pretty good job of weaving strange goings on with a nice atmosphere, camerawork, performances and pacing but after a while it started fatiguing me and that's when the crazy shit ramps up.  I was kind of done at that point and by the time it was over, so was I.  That's not to say it's not a good movie, it is to a point, but it does meander longer than it should.   The last scene is good but it's after an hour and 40 minutes of only so-so compelling storytelling. 

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