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Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Witch Who Came From The Sea (1976)

A psychologically disturbed young woman (Millie Perkins, DIARY OF ANNE FRANK), who was the victim of sexual abuse as a child, has trouble deciphering reality from fantasy. She is promiscuous but finds herself repelled by male sexuality. To this end, she castrates and slashes her sexual conquests to death with a razor. How long before the police catch up with her ..... or will they? Though clearly an exploitation film, its fascinating premise manages to edge it to cult status. Still, its graphic scenes of child sexual abuse are difficult to sit through though the graphic murder scenes are somewhat diluted by the unrealistic looking brown (sic) blood. The film is poorly directed by Matt Cimber (the notorious Pia Zadora flick BUTTERFLY) from an interesting script by Robert Thom (WILD IN THE STREETS). In better hands (like Brian De Palma), this could have been a real sleeper. As it stands now, it's an exploitation film with high ambitions, too high for its meager resources. With Vanessa Brown, Rick Jason, Lonny Chapman and Peggy Feury, who achieved her greatest fame within the industry as an acting teacher.

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