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The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  February 1976 (USA)
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A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.

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Molly
Lonny Chapman ...
Long John
Vanessa Brown ...
Cathy
Peggy Feury ...
Doris
Jean Pierre Camps ...
Tadd
Mark Livingston ...
Tripoli
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Billy Batt
Stafford Morgan ...
Alexander McPeak
Richard Kennedy ...
Detective Beardsley
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Detective Stone
Roberta Collins ...
Clarissa
Stan Ross ...
Jack Dracula
Lynne Guthrie ...
Carol
Barry Cooper ...
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Gene Rutherford ...
Sam Walters
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A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.

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Molly really knows how to cut men down to size!!

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George "Buck" Flower not only acts in this movie as one of the homicide detectives investigating the murders committed by Millie Perkins in the movie, but also served as the film's casting director. In fact, Flower cast his own daughter Verkina to play young Molly in the disturbing flashback sequences featured in the movie. See more »

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White Football Player: [In a very inebriated tone] Get you're motherfucking hand off my knee.
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Macho macho macho men! I want to KILL some macho men...
25 November 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Exterminate the entire male race, Molly! Carry on castrating football-players and slicing up obnoxious TV-actors, as they're all bastards anyway! Whoa... I let go of myself there for a second, but only because this film is so very convincing in its portrayal of a traumatized young woman with a deeply repressed hatred towards overpowering men, spawned by a barbarically forced incestuous relationship with her father; a typical sailor. "The Witch Who Came From The Sea" is a gritty and disturbing motion picture, and definitely NOT the sleazy exploitation garbage it's reputed to be (courtesy of the stupid BBFC and their list of banned Video Nasties). Admittedly, I too was expecting a steaming pile of exploitative 70's trash, but the tone & style of this film literally blew me away! Millie Perkins gives a staggering performance as Molly, a devoted aunt to her nephews and go-to-girl of the popular seaside bar The Boathouse. She loves telling her nephews heroic stories about their grandfather when he was out at sea with his crew but, in reality, he was a perverted child molester who continuously hit & raped her. Molly reverts to her television set to find new idols, but her dark subconscious memories eventually cause her mind to snap and she goes on a malevolent killing spree. "The Witch etc..." is a truly odd but fascinating film, lightyears ahead of its time in the psychological department and rich on shocking themes instead of gratuitous gore. The notorious castration sequence is pretty difficult to watch and the incest parts could be considered offensive, but if you exclusively focus on those elements you'll miss out on a truly insightful psychological drama! Instead of turning into a relentless & vengeful killing machine like the girl in "I Spit on your Grave", Molly is still a very vulnerable woman and won't be a single moment that you'll stop caring for her. The fantastic script of this film also puts a lot of time in the drawing of the supportive characters. Everyone in this story seems to have an interesting personal background, from the uncanny-looking tattoo artist to Molly's emotionally unstable sister and the amiable bartender Long John. The low budget didn't prevent director Matt Cimber from selecting several marvelous and atmospheric filming locations and an extra word of praise goes out to Dean Cundey for his breathtakingly beautiful cinematography. This is a film every fan of exceptional cinema should respect and add to her/his collection.


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