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Season of the Witch (1972)

Hungry Wives (original title)
R | | Drama | 18 April 1973 (USA)
A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.

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Raymond Laine ...
Gregg Williamson (as Ray Laine)
Ann Muffly ...
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Bill Thunhurst ...
Neil Fisher ...
Dr. Miller
Esther Lapidus ...
Sylvia
Dan Mallinger ...
Sergeant Frazer
Daryl Montgomery ...
Larry
Ken Peters ...
John Fuller
Shirlee Strasser ...
Grace
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Detective Mills (as Bob Trow)
Jean Wechsler ...
Gloria
Charlotte Carter ...
Mary
Linda Creagan ...
Patty
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Joan Mitchell is an unhappy, suburban housewife pushing 40, who has an uncommunicative businessman husband, named Jack, and a distant 19-year-old daughter, named Nikki, on the verge of moving out of the house. Frustrated at her current situation, Joan seeks solace in witchcraft after visiting Marion Hamilton, a local tarot reader and leader of a secret black arts wicca set, who inspires Joan to follow her own path. After dabbling a little in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world and sinks deeper and deeper into her new lifestyle until the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and eventually tragedy results. Written by matt-282

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Every Night is Halloween.

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18 April 1973 (USA)  »

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George A. Romero's Season of the Witch  »

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$90,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When Halloween 3: Season of the Witch was released in 1982, this film played Times Square in NYC as George Romero's Season of the Witch. See more »

Goofs

When Joan copies the Lord's Prayer backwards from the Bible, it is the King James version, even though she and her husband are Catholic. While any Catholic owning a Bible in that era (not a very common occurrence apart from scholars) would have a Douay version, the elaborate, antique nature of the book suggests it may have been one of her recent purchases at the antique store where she bought the rest of her witchcraft paraphernalia. See more »

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[Joan is buying items in an antique shop]
Store Clerk: So, you're a witch?
Joan: Huh?
Store Clerk: Chalice, herbals, knives, they're all witches' tools, you know.
Joan: Oh, I'm just interested in it.
Store Clerk: You're kidding! I mean, I was just kidding.
Joan: Well, I'm just interested in it.
Store Clerk: Hey, that is really great.
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References Belle de Jour (1967) See more »

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Season of the Witch
Written and Performed by Donovan
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Consistently interesting "lost" early Romero.
3 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

To get the most out of 'Season Of The Witch' ignore the horror tag and put Romero's zombie movies out of your mind. This is more of a character study cum social document of an early 70s bored housewife's attempt to find meaning in her life. Faced with dull bourgeois conformity on one side, and a counter-culture that offers no real answers on the other, she eventually finds her own direction. Low budget, variable performances and all, I still found this to be a much more complex and accomplished movie than Romero's most recent effort 'Bruiser'. While it doesn't impress as much as his overlooked vampire gem 'Martin' (which shares certain similarities in approach and theme), it's not to be dismissed. It may not be entirely successful, but I highly recommend it.


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