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Witches' Brew (1980)

A remake of 1944's Lon Chaney film Weird Woman (the first was Burn, Witch, Burn! in 1962) is more of a horror spoof, as three women use witchcraft to help their professor husbands further ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Lightman
Joshua Lightman
Vivian Cross
James Winkler ...
Linus Cross (as James R. Winker) (as James Winker)
Susan Carey
Bill Sorrells ...
Nick Carey
Linda Reynolds
Charlie Reynolds
Nathan Roth ...
Ben Cohn
Barbara Minkus ...
Saleswoman (as Barbara Minkus-Barron)
Bonnie Gondell ...
Marcia Groton
Carl Groton (as Lawrence Guy)
Carlos Royval ...
Patrol Officer #1
Tony Kulik ...
Patrol Officer #2
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Meter Officer #1


A remake of 1944's Lon Chaney film Weird Woman (the first was Burn, Witch, Burn! in 1962) is more of a horror spoof, as three women use witchcraft to help their professor husbands further their careers. When a higher position becomes available in the university, they turn on each other, and no one is safe! Written by John N. Daily

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Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

31 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Weird Woman  »

Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)

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Director Richard Shorr was fired and replaced by Herbert L. Strock. See more »


Version of Burn, Witch, Burn (1962) See more »


Witches' Brew
Sung by Joyce Vincent Wilson
Lyrics by Lennie Bleecher
Music by John Carl Parker (as John Parker)
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Lana Turner, Teri Garr and Richard Benjamin Fans Beware!
3 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of Lana Turner, I had mixed feelings of seeing this film, "Witches' Brew," which is a remake of a Lon Chaney film, "Weird Woman," which I think I liked. Another remake of Lon's movie, 1962's "Burn, Witch, Burn!") I have not seen. As the film begins, three women use witchcraft! to help their professor husbands further their careers. Only one can take a new position in the university, and the wives plot against other! I've always liked Teri Garr; she can be eccentric and somewhat needy but is sweetly endearing at the same time and her pairing with Richard Benjamin is inspired casting, as he seems to act sinister yet strait-laced and down-to-earth at the same time. His expressions are too much and worth the price of admission alone. Having said all that, they are the best thing about the film. Lana isn't bad in the film, but seems to be trying too hard not to overact or embellish, as she simply speaks her lines with hardly any flair. This was her last film, and sadly it is not even campy enough (or as they say bad enough) to be good. What begins as an interesting and distinctive film really goes downhill. The scenes between Teri and Richard add some life, but by the end there's no reason to care about what's happening. Inferior material for stars who deserve better!

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