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Robert Thom (written by)
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Release Date:
February 1976 (USA) See more »
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Molly really knows how to cut men down to size!!
Plot:
A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree. | Add synopsis »
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Not a lot of shocks, but nevertheless a nice slice of sleaze See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Millie Perkins ... Molly
Lonny Chapman ... Long John
Vanessa Brown ... Cathy
Peggy Feury ... Doris
Jean Pierre Camps ... Tadd
Mark Livingston ... Tripoli

Rick Jason ... Billy Batt
Stafford Morgan ... Alexander McPeak
Richard Kennedy ... Detective Beardsley

George 'Buck' Flower ... Detective Stone
Roberta Collins ... Clarissa
Stan Ross ... Jack Dracula
Lynne Guthrie ... Carol
Barry Cooper ... Newcomer
Gene Rutherford ... Sam Walters
Jim Sims ... Austin Slade
Sam Chu Lin ... Newscaster
Anita Franklin ... T.V. Commercial Girl
John F. Goff ... Molly's Father (as John Goff)
Verkina Flower ... Young Molly (as Verkina)

Directed by
Matt Cimber 
 
Writing credits
Robert Thom (written by)

Produced by
Matt Cimber .... producer
Jefferson Richard .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herschel Burke Gilbert 
 
Cinematography by
Ken Gibb (director of photography)
Dean Cundey (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Bud Warner 
 
Casting by
George 'Buck' Flower 
 
Makeup Department
Gale Peterson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jefferson Richard .... production supervisor (as Jef Richard)
William Swenning .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Tull .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Robert Florio .... assistant sound editor
Jay Kaufman .... assistant sound
John Vincent .... sound mixer
Colin Waddy .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Andrien .... best boy (as Jim Andrien)
Mark Buckalew .... second assistant camera
Bill Coker .... gaffer
Don Coufal .... grip
Dean Cundey .... associate director of photography
Bill Drake .... grip
Tom La Monaco .... grip
Jim Salazar .... key grip
Raymond Stella .... assistant camera (as Ray Stella)
Gil Valle .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Davis .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jan Wesley .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... music director
 
Other crew
Dean Cundey .... technical supervisor (as Dean Cundy)
Robert Lubin .... gopher
Norma Rosenberg .... production coordinator
Lynne Twentyman .... script supervisor (as Lynn Ward)
James Yousling .... title designer
 

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Runtime:
83 min | UK:88 min (uncut version)
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The poster art of the witch holding a severed head was taken from the cover of Warren Comic's VAMPIRELLA #11 (May 1971).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not a lot of shocks, but nevertheless a nice slice of sleaze, 16 April 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Like many films on the BBFC's "Video Nasty" list back in the eighties; The Witch Who Came from the Sea baffles the viewer because there really isn't anything in the film that should have lead to its banning. Sure, there's a little bit of blood and the suggestive child abuse scenes are a bit shocking, but this film is never going to corrupt or deprave. Anyway, while the shocks are disappointing, and I can understand why this isn't a widely liked cult classic; I've got to say that I really enjoyed it...and I should also mention that I'm not really sure why. The film features the age-old storyline of someone going insane and turning to murder, but it's surprisingly more relaxed in pace and content that many other similar movies. This one is also different because, rather than seeing a man butcher women; we've got a woman exacting violence against men. Molly is a young lady corrupted by memories of her seafaring father. She turns to drink, and soon becomes a killer after spending the night with two footballers. We then follow her on her dissent into alcoholism and insanity.

The film has that classic, gritty low budget look about it, which bodes well with the atmosphere presented. One of the main reasons why I liked this film is because it seems that writer Robert Thom and director Matt Cimber actually care about the plot and characters, and this is shown by the fact that a lot of the movie is spent building up the situation around the lead character. The movie remains interesting throughout because certain facts about the lead's past are fed to the audience bit by bit, and these help us to see why the character acts as she does. The lead role is taken by Millie Perkins, who actually does a really good job with it. It's easy to believe that she is the character we are seeing on screen, and her performance is above the average for this sort of film. The scenes of gore aren't all that shocking, and only the one that sees a man butchered with his razor is likely to provoke any kind of reaction from the audience. The castration sequences and the child abuse are what this film became notorious for, but I don't know why as they both are put forward in a very casual manner. Overall, however, I feel that The Witch Who Came from the Sea has been unfairly treated and should be remembered with a bit more respect.

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