"THE LOVE WITCH" HAS US UNDER HER SPELL

Films involving witches, witchcraft, the occult and all related subject manner, have been a staple of the horror genre since it's inception, and with each entry into this category, various topics, themes, and events are either tackled, employed or deconstructed. Recently, we've seen the paranoia and fear of satanism brought back to the forefront in films like Ti West's, "House of the Devil". 2016 saw "The Witch" successfully tackle the subject of religion's often times shackling and suffocating dogma, discovering one's identity as a result of the release from that bondage, and even the power of femininity. Now, director Anna Biller is using this vehicle to deliver a lighter, often-times comedic - yet poignant - story about wanting, love, infatuation, and the trappings that prevent us from getting what we desire as a result of our own vices, in the "Love Witch". Below is a more detailed synopsis, taken from the official site:

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, and she ends up 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. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.

It's absolutely worth mentioning too that "The Love Witch" is a stunning film to feast your eyes on, shot on 35mm, the result is an organic looking image that recalls an industry before the explosion of the digital-age; and with the prevalence of these type of films in the 60's and 70's, it only makes sense that the entire production is wrapped in a classically gorgeous technicolor-fused aesthetic. This being, "...a tribute to 1960s Technicolor thrillers", we'd say they hit the nail on the head here.

Currently, "The Love Witch" is making the festival rounds, having just screened recently at Fantasia - we expect an eventual theatrical release - appropriately enough - around October. So if you aren't lucky enough to catch any one of the upcoming showings, you'll at least have a chance to do so via traditional means, at the end of the year. 

If the film has you as giddy as it does us, and you'd like more insight into it's genesis, check out this Q&A with the director herself, Anna Biller. Be sure to also watch the official trailer below.