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1961 (USA) See more »
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A student researching the German settlements of Central Texas unearths the grave of a reputed witch... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Let's go to Luchenbach, Texas with Larry Buchanon and "The Naked Witch" . . . See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)
Denis Adams
Charles West
Howard Ware
Jack Herman
Marilyn Pope
Der Saengerbund Children's Choir
Jo Maryman ... Kirska
Robert Short ... The Student
Libby Hall ... The Naked Witch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rae Forbes ... (uncredited)

Gary Owens ... Narrator of Prologue (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Alexander 
Larry Buchanan 
Writing credits
Larry Buchanan (written by) and
Claude Alexander (written by)

Produced by
Claude Alexander .... producer
Original Music by
Ray Plagens 
Film Editing by
Claude Alexander 
Larry Buchanan 
Production Management
John F. Rickert .... production manager (as John Rickert)
Sound Department
S.F. Brownrigg .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph K. Johnson .... camera operator (as Ralph Johnson)
Editorial Department
Adrian Mosser .... color consultant

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59 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:M (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating) (1975)
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Copyright date in the film's credits is 1961.See more »
Continuity: The Naked Witch's purloined peignoir set changes in the cave; first she's wearing the short, one-shoulder negligee, then in the same scene she seems to be wearing the diaphanous robe, then she's suddenly back in the short, one-shoulder piece after she seduces the student with her dance. During her dance, she is clearly wearing inexplicably obtained white underpants as well.See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Let's go to Luchenbach, Texas with Larry Buchanon and "The Naked Witch" . . ., 20 August 2009
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

I can understand why some people wouldn't like this movie. It's very low-budget and goofy, it has plot holes you could drive a truck through, and when it comes to the (not-so)Naked Witch herself even the unedited version is incredibly tame by today's standards. However, I LOVE this kind of regional, low-budget film-making. This early Larry Buchanon flick, was actually filmed entirely in Luchenbach, Texas, a small town founded by German settlers and later made famous by a Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson country song. And it makes a GREAT setting for a low-budget horror movie. With the cheesy voice-over narration, Buchanon even manages to anticipate later 70's regional exploitation movies like "The Legend of Boggy Creek" and the whole bigfoot/ "In Search of" craze, and even many more modern-day films about local legends like "The Last Broadcast" or "The Blair Witch Project" (although don't hold the last one against him).

A college student comes to modern-day (as of 1961) Luchenbach, Texas, to research the legend of the "Angry Widow", a widowed woman who was skewered by the superstitious 18th century German settlers of the town after being betrayed by her craven married lover. In a rather ridiculous plot twist, the college student decides to dig up the body of the widow for some reason and remove the stake from her heart. The "Naked Witch" then rises from the grave to take her revenge on several locals who are related to her original tormentors. But when she threatens the pretty daughter of the innkeeper, who our rather dimwitted hero has fallen for, it is up to him to find the mountain pond where the pretty young witch is skinny-dipping and drive his stake into her (and then he has to figure out a way to kill her!)

I'm not going to claim this is great film. If you want a big-budget, go see the latest "Transformers" sequel, or if you want sex, go rent a porno. But I found this quite entertaining despite some illogical plotting and a very perfunctory ending. And this is only the second best film to ever be shot in Luchenbach--even better is Larry Buchanon's later film "Strawberries Need Rain". These kind of films aren't for everybody, but you like this kind of low-budget, off-Hollywood, slice-of Americana film-making, you shouldn't miss this.

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