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Hungry Wives (1972)

 -  Drama | Horror | Mystery  -  18 April 1973 (USA)
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A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan White ...
Raymond Laine ...
Gregg Williamson (as Ray Laine)
Ann Muffly ...
Shirley Randolph
Joedda McClain ...
Nikki Mitchell
Bill Thunhurst ...
Neil Fisher ...
Dr. Miller
Esther Lapidus ...
Sylvia
Dan Mallinger ...
Sergeant Frazer
Daryl Montgomery ...
Larry
Ken Peters ...
John Fuller
Shirlee Strasser ...
Grace
Robert Trow ...
Detective Mills (as Bob Trow)
Jean Wechsler ...
Gloria
Charlotte Carter ...
Mary
Linda Creagan ...
Patty
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Storyline

Joan Mitchell is an unhappy, suburban housewife pushing 40, who has an uncommunicative businessman husband, named Jack, and a distant 19-year-old daughter, named Nikki, on the verge of moving out of the house. Frustrated at her current situation, Joan seeks solance in witchcraft after visiting Marion Hamilton, a local tarot reader and leader of a secret black arts wicca set, who inspires Joan to follow her own path. After dabbling a little in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world and sinks deeper and deeper into her new lifestyle until the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and eventually tragedy results. Written by Matthew Patay

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Every Night is Halloween.

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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18 April 1973 (USA)  »

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George A. Romero's Season of the Witch  »

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$90,000 (estimated)
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According to director George A. Romero, in the commentary track he did for The Crazies (1973) in 2002, this is the only one of his films he'd like to remake. He cited lack of money as a reason for unhappiness with this production as it turned out. See more »

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Jack: Your own goddamned daughter, balled in the next room and you go with it.
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References Belle de Jour (1967) See more »

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Season of the Witch
Written and Performed by Donovan
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Consistently interesting "lost" early Romero.
3 May 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

To get the most out of 'Season Of The Witch' ignore the horror tag and put Romero's zombie movies out of your mind. This is more of a character study cum social document of an early 70s bored housewife's attempt to find meaning in her life. Faced with dull bourgeois conformity on one side, and a counter-culture that offers no real answers on the other, she eventually finds her own direction. Low budget, variable performances and all, I still found this to be a much more complex and accomplished movie than Romero's most recent effort 'Bruiser'. While it doesn't impress as much as his overlooked vampire gem 'Martin' (which shares certain similarities in approach and theme), it's not to be dismissed. It may not be entirely successful, but I highly recommend it.


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