After changing the face of horror with the zombie classic Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero produced the atmospheric, creepy and fiercely feminist Season Of The Witch. Filmed in 1972 under the title of Jack’s Wife, and released theatrically as Hungry Wives, this surreal film follows Joan Mitchell (Jan White), an unhappy suburban housewife with an abusive husband (Ray Laine) and distant teenage daughter, who resorts to practicing witchcraft in order to bring power and excitement to her life. Enthralled by her newfound confidence and power, she descends deeper into the occult, effectively blurring the lines between fantasy and reality until it results in murder.
Maligned upon it’s release, Season of the Witch can seen as a precursor to Romero’s brilliant vampire film, Martin – with both films acting as thoughtful character studies of mental illness and repression – and is worthy of revisiting.
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