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The Witch Who Came from the Sea
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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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Respectable low-budget effort See more (28 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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83 min | UK:88 min (uncut version)
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Screenwriter Robert Thom patterned the character of Molly after his onetime wife Millie Perkins. For example, Perkins' real-life father was a sea captain just like her dad is in the movie.See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Respectable low-budget effort, 4 March 2005
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This may be a spurious comparison, but this reminded me of the bigger-budgeted movie "The Sailor who Fell from Grace with the Sea" which was released about the same time. Sure the latter is a serious drama while this is a low-budget (Italian?)exploitation movie, but they both share an eerily haunting seaside location and have a truly shocking ending. I can't say I enjoyed this movie in the sense that I would like to see it again anytime soon (most men will find it pretty, uh, painful), but I can't help respecting it. It's not your usual exploitation film. It is somewhat similar to the rape-revenge films that were big in the 70's (the epitome of which was the truly execrable "I Spit on Your Grave"). Unlike that movie and its ilk, however, this film does not relish in the rape and humiliation of its barmaid female protagonist (played by Millie Perkins). And her character is portrayed as a disturbed but always believable human being as opposed to a murdering/castrating automaton. And rather than portraying all men as jerks or potential rapists, it has a likable male character in her older bartender boyfriend, "Long John".

It takes a brave film to contain the extreme, potentially off-putting elements this one does, but also not take the easy, well-trodden exploitation route (one of the most ridiculous criticisms leveled at this film, for instance, is that there is not literally a witch in it). This movie certainly does wallow in grubby exploitation scenes, but at times it transcends all that and becomes something more haunting and lyrical that will stay with you long after you watch it.

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