The Witch Who Came from the Sea
The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

Two interesting figures in offbeat cinema -- director Matt Cimber (who was married to Jayne Mansfield and directed her final film before going on to a handful of expressive blaxploitation efforts) and screenwriter Robert Thom (who wrote… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: February 1, 1976
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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82%
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32%

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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jason Shawhan
Nashville Scene

This is a very '70s film, so know that in some respects it is very retrograde in its depiction and analysis of trauma, but it's something very special and absolutely worth a watch.

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Chris Alexander
Alexander On Film

It all climaxes in one of the most affecting, tragic and strangely beautiful final acts I've ever seen a horror movie. If you can even call THE WITCH FROM THE SEA simply a horror movie. It is one, but it's so much more...

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Anton Bitel
TheHorrorShow

Molly... is a complex flesh-and-blood character whose derangement is presented with immense sensitivity and sympathy - and her descent into madness is figured less as visceral slice-and-dice than as heightened domestic tragedy.

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Nicholas Bell
IONCINEMA.com

The Witch Who Came from the Sea is actually a lot more ambitious than its sleazier moments might suggest, both as a conceptualization of distressed female sexuality and problematic assessments of fairy tales and classic mythology.

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Ian White
Starburst

If you ever find yourself arguing that the idiots behind the 'video nasties' list didn't have a clue what they were doing, The Witch Who Came from the Sea should be your Exhibit A. This film doesn't deserve its schlocky reputation.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A grindhouse poem

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C.H. Newell
Father Son Holy Gore

Works more as a psychological horror verging on slasher, not requiring such an ugly display of sexual violence as other 'popular' rape-revenge movies.

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Christopher Machell
CineVue

A fascinating psycho-sexual horror.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Straddles an exploitation line in telling a simple tale with an unexpected degree of pretense and, if only occasionally, artistry.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Parsons
Bizarre mish-mash of sexuality, horror, terrible & great writing, exploitation and art-house, that works just over 50% of the time. Certainly one for those… More