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James F. Hurley (written by)
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Lust and Passion Surround the Incredible, Supernatural Worlds of E.S.P. & Witchcraft in a Boiling, Bizarre Tale of Mad Love that Sgocks Even the Unearthly! See more »
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An accident victim makes a deal with a particularly hideous witch, in which he receives extraordinary ESP powers. He uses these powers to help the police solve crimes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tony McCabe ... Cronin 'Mitch' Mitchell
Elizabeth Lee ... Ellen Parker
William Brooker ... Dr. Alex Jordan
Mudite Arums ... The Hag
Ted Heil ... Det. Maddox
Lawrence J. Aberwood ... Chief Vinton (as Lawrence Wood)
Larry Wellington ... Rev. Ammond
Roy Collodi ... Dr. Roxin
Jeffrey Allen ... Dr. White
Richard Nilsson ... EMT Doctor
Carolyn Smith ... Nurse Browning
Norm Lenet ... Stein
Louis Newman ... Ambulance Attendant
Dick Gaffield ... Drunkard at Restaurant
Janet Charlton ... Secretary
Lee Ahsmann ... Photographer
Daniel Carrington ... Man in Bar
Roger Papsch ... Man in Bar
Elizabeth Galloway ... Palm Reader Customer

Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Narrator (voice) (as Sheldon Seymour)
Vickie Wolfe ... Murder Victim
Stan Dale ... Government Official
William Petan ... Lawyer
Semaj Yelruh ... Newspaper Editor
George Cohon ... Banker
Peg Stewart ... Vinton's Wife
Kathleen Koenig ... The Ghost (as Kathy Koenig)
Joseph Adamik ... Policeman
Richard Donning ... Jordan's Karate Partner
Daniel Milano ... Matre d'Hotel
Jacque Dayton
Janet Granata
Helen Bridget

Directed by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
 
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James F. Hurley  written by

Produced by
James F. Hurley .... producer
Fred M. Sandy .... associate producer (as Fred Sandy)
 
Original Music by
Edward J. Petan 
 
Cinematography by
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Andy Romanoff 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Brinkman 
 
Makeup Department
Allison Louise Downe .... special makeup effects artist (as Louise Downe)
Jack Mastro .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
William Petan .... unit manager
Andy Romanoff .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Guy Galloway .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roy Collodi .... assistant camera
Walter Fuessl .... gaffer
Louis Weiner .... electrician
 
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Bobby Vercruse .... crew chief (as Robert Vercruse)
 

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80 min
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Included in a 1990 VHS series hosted by Joe Bob Briggs (John Bloom) titled "The Sleaziest Movies in the History of the World."See more »
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »

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Something Awful, 5 December 2016
Author: ejamessnyder from United States

I am a fan of many kinds of movies and often enjoy cheesy, low-budget films from the drive-in era of the sixties and seventies. I love the company Something Weird Video—which took its name from this film and which distributes countless films from the aforementioned genre on DVD—so I decided to give this movie a shot. I was actually pretty excited to watch it.

I ended up being pretty disappointed. Often, when certain movies are considered bad by most, I am still able to find something redeeming or enjoyable about them, even if it is just the old "so bad it's good" quality. I enjoyed Tommy Wiseau's 2003 masterpiece "The Room", which has been called one of the worse films of all time, but which is enjoyable to watch because it is unintentionally funny. Despite its flaws—or because of them—it is enjoyable. But Something Weird lacks even that. It was not so bad it was good. It was so bad it was terrible.

The film is a rambling mess. It's out of focus. It's not cheesy in a funny or charming way. It's quite the opposite. The characters are sickening. The plot goes from one incoherent scene to the next and introduces incongruous subplots. I don't know what this movie is about. There's a witch and a guy with superpowers, but we never find out how the two are connected and we get the idea that maybe it doesn't really matter.

Every scene feels pointless and extraneous. I was waiting for it all to come together and make at least a little bit of sense, but at some point I realized that that moment would never come and I gave up hope. It felt like the filmmakers were not following any sort of screenplay and basing the scenes on whatever locations they had available. That's fine, when it's done well as it was in Easy Rider, but here I felt like the filmmakers didn't even care. They knew their film would be terrible and they let it happen. They never even tried to make it good. The filmmakers didn't care, so why should we? The characters' motivations are unclear and make little sense. The acting is bad. The witch could have been well done, but the actress did a terrible job. Even despite a lack of acting skill, I felt she could have at least tried to have fun with the role, but she did not. And her makeup could have been done a lot better.

I watched the movie one Saturday afternoon after waking up with a hangover. I sat down with a greasy burger and plenty of juice and coffee and popped in the DVD. I think this movie made my hangover last longer and countered the effect of the food and drink. My headache just got worse. I probably would turned off the movie and gone and done something else with my day, but my hangover kept me from getting off the couch.

Even after the film was over, I found myself depressed by it. It was strangely disconcerting. It's a powerful film, in a way. I know I won't forget it. It truly is something weird. I found that it changed the way I thought about the world around me, because before watching it I had no idea that anything so strange existed. It gave me a very bad feeling that I've never felt before and never want to feel again.

Herschell Gordon Lewis, who directed this film, once said: "I see filmmaking as a business and pity anyone who regards it as an art form." I disagree, as I see great artistic potential in film and consider many to be true works of art. But I realize that, based on his personal beliefs about art and film, he was likely never able to make a truly good one. It was not good on any level. There was nothing good about it. It was unpleasant to watch and it ruined my day.

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