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Necromancy (1972)

 -  Horror  -  November 1972 (USA)
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Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead.

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Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead. Written by Humberto Amador

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More style than substance, but interesting
15 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the greatest fear for mankind is the unknown. What exists beyond this life? Is there a God? Is there a Devil? There is no firm answer, but in movies and literature we come up with our own. Imagine your spouse taking a new job in a new town. It's isolated, the people behave oddly and you start seeing things. What is the secret of this place and it's people? Largely forgotten, 'Necromancy' a.k.a. 'The Witching,' is a film about an innocent going into the unknown. It's hardly a lost classic, but more interesting than a lot of schlock we get now.

Pros: Quite good performances. Director Bert I. Gordon get some great shots. Some interesting ideas. At times intrusive, but effective score. Eerie atmosphere. Some frightening and surreal imagery. Steady pace.

Cons: Lacks suspense. Some choppy editing. Derivative, particularly of 'Rosemary's Baby.' Dated visual effects.

Final thoughts: This little oddity had the potential to be a real sleeper. Trouble is that it borrows too much from other films and sorely needs subtlety. That's not to say it's not worth a view, because it certainly is. It's an attack on the senses that would make great nighttime viewing, especially for Halloween.

My rating: 3/5


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