Reviewed by Danielle Thuen
Rating: 6.5 Beans
irgin Witch. The title alone should be sufficient warning to anyone searching for a good movie. If that's not enough, consider the taglines: "Her lust was innocence, her desires... evil," "Witches are born with special powers - she was one of them," and "She's the girl with the power...To turn you on! To turn you off!"
This 90 minute British flick was as bad as could be hoped for. Sisters Christine and Betty (Ann and Vicki Michelle) run away to London with the hopes of becoming famous models. Christine seems to have some sort of psychic powers, but what exactly she can do is never fully explained. Christine goes to see photographer Sybil Waite (Patricia Haines) in the hopes of getting a job. Waite fakes a phone call and sets up a shoot at Wychwold. Christine and Betty head off for the weekend to the secluded estate, where they meet some strange characters, and find out about a coven of witches.
This is a classic 'artistic' bad movie - there were several sequences of close-ups on the actresses eyes, lips, etc., where the director was obviously trying to take a more artistic approach to the film. The acting was barely passable, and the plot was barely there. There was a lot of unnecessary nudity, reminding me of any of the 'sleepaway camp' style 80's movies. This movie did have a tendancy towards sex, with a great deal of emphasis placed on the fact that Sybil was an insatiable lesbian. This may, of course, be a function of the time period when it was filmed (1972).
'Virgin Witch' is one of those 'horror' films that really should be in some other category. Other than the strange psychic abilities that Christine has, the association with witches, and one mildly scary mask on the wall, there is nothing horrific about it. Even the witches' rituals are un-frightening. On the positive side, there were no glaring editing errors, such as boom mikes in frame... I also found it interesting that a pair of sisters played the sisters in the movie. It was difficult to distinguish between the two of them for the first few minutes, but they certainly looked related. Of course, this probably lead to the other title the movie is known by - "Lesbian Twins."
Things to note: taking off a pair of jeans will correct a photographer's 'bad angle,' and tripping on a line in the sidewalk will knock a girl unconscious.
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