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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 ...
Jack Mitchell
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 »

Quotes

Joan: Hey, you know what I think?
Shirley: Oh how in the hell can someone have so many opinions without ever having done anything?
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Season of the Witch
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burn that bra, witchy-poo!
26 November 2003 | by (fabulous Las Vega$!) – See all my reviews

Ranks right up there with "The Witch Who Came From the Sea" and "The Stepford Wives" in the obsolete sub-genre of 70's women's lib horror. Arguably George Romero's most unusual and underrated film, this is less a horror film than a sociopolitical bitchslapping of the male-dominated American dream. Although witchcraft does play a part in this, the focus is largely on our leading lady's middle-aged, menopausal anguish...a feeling of solitary confinement in a pseudo-sterile life with an abusive/absent husband, thankless daughter, and a circle of ingenuine, gossipy "friends".

This is a very well done low-budget film, and comes highly recommended...although rigid horror buffs may end up disappointed. 7/10


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