The Witch Who Came from the Sea

1976

Action / Drama / Horror / Romance / Thriller

9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 35%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 1503

Synopsis


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March 01, 2016 at 03:05 PM

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Cast

Millie Perkins as Molly
George 'Buck' Flower as Detective Stone
Rick Jason as Billy Batt
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619.93 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 23 min
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English 2.0
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1 hr 23 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by hippiedj 10 / 10

The cover art really does have a LOT to do with the film, just not literally

NOTE: The 2018 Blu-ray / DVD release from Arrow Video is the FULL uncut 88-minute version of the film!

There have been many posts about what this film is about, so I'm going to concentrate on the controversy surrounding the cover art. So many complain that it's misleading art, but it has everything to do with the film and its story, it's just not a LITERAL depiction.Those that keep damning the cover art for this film don't seem to know what's really behind it. Yes, it's a borrowed painting, but altered for the film's mythos; you can clearly see it's Millie Perkins' face, and the decapitated head she is holding is in the image of her father. Granted, this was not the original artwork for the film, it was used much later and it helped gain attention and viewers. However, it at least does have enough symbolism to still be associated with the story. What the cover art does is capture the essence of the film. People should realize the importance of this, art is not always literal.

In Arrow Video's 2016 set American HORROR PROJECT Vol. 1 which includes the full 88-minute cut of The Witch Who Came From the Sea, there is a book that explains a lot about the actions and thoughts of the character Molly which relates a LOT to the cover art that so many bitch about not having anything to do with the film (but it DOES!).

In one scene Molly and a man are looking at the Botticelli painting The Birth Of Venus. Venus was born in the sea and her father was a god. He was castrated, and his sperm was dropped into the ocean. "The sea was knocked up, Venus was the kid," he said. The Arrow booklet's article states "As her eyes dart over the image you can see her brain forming the same analogies we are." Molly loved her father despite his incestuous actions and she felt he was like a god, since he was a sea captain. She also then seeks out "perfect" looking men and the castrations and killings begin.

The painting on box cover is a representation of all of this -- what kind of cover did people really want? A viewer's job is to read (like the back of the box) and educate yourself before just snatching up a video and expecting a literal interpretation of what you see on the front of a DVD / Blu-ray / VHS box. Especially these days where info can be retrieved about anything on your phone, it's easy to find out for sure what you're getting into.

I love this film, there's so much more going on psychologically than what you see on the surface (another problem people are experiencing with the film The Witch, not researching a little before heading into something that they weren't really going to be into in the first place). The Witch Who Came From The Sea is much smarter than many people realize, and I for one love the cover art.

Bravo to Arrow Video for restoring it to the full cut (the Subversive and Cult Epoch DVD releases were just the R-rated 83- minute cut). The commentary in this newer release has been ported over from the DVD, but Arrow edited the commentary to fit the longer running time. I'm so happy they put so much care and respect into films like this!

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 2 / 10

Weird, Amateurish and Senseless Slasher B-movie of Exploitation

In California, Molly (Millie Perkins ) is a deranged woman that babysits her nephews while her sister works hard sewing clothes for her clients. Molly works as waitress in a restaurant in the night shift and is the lover of the owner. She has fantasies with other handsome men. But Molly has also recollections of her childhood, when she was sexually abused by her father. Her insanity leads her to a murderous crime spree against men.

"The Witch Who Came from the Sea" is a weird, amateurish and senseless B-movie with a poor combination of slasher and exploitation. The screenplay is a complete mess and the situations are absolutely strangers without explanation. The United Kingdom Department of Public Prosecutions included "The Witch Who Came from the Sea" in a list of "video nasties". In Brazil, this film was recently released on DVD with wonderful art work but low quality of image and sound. It is worthwhile watching it only to satisfy the curiosity... and then forget it. My vote is two.

Title (Brazil): "A Bruxa que Veio do Mar" ("The Witch Who Came from the Sea")

Reviewed by Rainey Dawn 3 / 10

A Psychological Slasher Exploitation

Molly's father was a sailor that ended up raping her when she was young - apparently Molly's sister was abused too but Molly keeps denying things that her sister says. Molly ends up getting her revenge on some men - by castration.

WIKI: According to Hesiod's Theogony, Aphrodite/Venus was born of the foam from the sea after Saturn (Greek Cronus) castrated his father Uranus (Ouranus) and his blood fell to the sea.

My take on this film: Molly's father was a sailor - so in a way, she comes from the sea like Venus. Molly's repression: she really wanted to castrate her father before he died but held it in for a long time - now her repression is manifesting itself by taking it out on the men she meets. At one point in the film, Molly starts speaking as if she was Venus saying "Would you die for love? Well, my father did" to a man that she ended up killing.

It's an okay. The film would have been better, to me, if it wasn't done in the typical 1970s exploitation style. The idea behind the film is good - I'm not crazy about the way it's filmed though.

3/10

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