The Love Witch
Free screening to promote SHOCKTOBER V —
At this FREE promotional screening, we’ll reveal the second half of this year’s SHOCKTOBER V program, our month-long horror series!
Preceded by RAW, at which we’re revealing the first half of the program.
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, lives in a gothic Victorian apartment where she makes spells and potions for seducing men, leaving a string of hapless victims in her wake. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. Shot on 35mm film, Anna Biller’s vivid tribute to ’60s Technicolor thrillers explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism. (2016, Anna Biller, US, 120 min, R, DCP)
“Sex, death, Satanic rituals, God-level costume design, and cinema’s greatest tampon joke ensue. A spellbinding homage to old pulp paperbacks and the Technicolor melodramas of the 1960s…a throwback that’s told with the kind of perverse conviction and studied expertise that would make Quentin Tarantino blush.” –Indiewire
“A metaphysical astonishment. The costumes and furnishings, Biller’s own handmade versions of the era’s candy-coated extravagances, are as exquisitely arch and theatrical as the performances and the action, which—for all their comic exaggeration—echo with an uncanny symbolic power. –The New Yorker
“Really could pass as a relic of the era. That it’s quite funny and charming seems almost beside the point. I’m keen to watch it again just to luxuriate in it.” –Village Voice