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February 1976 (USA) See more »
Molly really knows how to cut men down to size!!
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  (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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Additional Details

83 min | UK:88 min (uncut version)
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This film originally received an X rating from the MPAA. Several cuts had to be made in order to secure an R rating.See more »
Molly:Why don't you act like a man and go hide in the closet, cowboy?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »


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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Macho macho macho men! I want to KILL some macho men..., 25 November 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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