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The mayor and judge of Salem trump up the notorious witch trials in support of their land grab scam. The local clergy pursue justice, while the assistant minister also pursues the town baker, Sara Lee. The action is spiced up by pot-smoking Indians, female New England clam chowder wrestling, and the mischief of a real witch. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Blazing witches, young exorcists. It's the history of the world Momma never told you about! See more »

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When the carriage enters into Salem at the beginning of the film there are tracks of a modern vehicle (perhaps a tractor) in the soil nearest the "Welcome to Salem" sign. See more »

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Old Man: Allow me to help you, your honour.
Judge John: My good man. Dispite my scholarly and aristocratic counttenance I am indeed quite capable, as you can see, of extricating myself from a simple equestrian sedan... now piss off!
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1 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Wacky and wonderful comedy spoofing the Salem Witch Trials of the 17th century in the great Mel Brooks tradition. It really is a shame this movie isn't better known because it really is rather good. A great cast makes the most out of the material, as two crooked officials, a judge (Stuart Pankin) and mayor (Dave Thomas) scheme to get their hands on the property of their citizens by falsely accusing them of witchcraft and having them burnt at the stake. Caught up in the shenanigans are endearing young couple Miles (Patrick Cassidy) and Sara (as in baker Sara Lee), played by Kelly Preston. Meanwhile, a genuine witch named Faith, played by the smoking hot Barbara Carrera, arrives in town and stirs up some trouble. This slice of history may strike some as an odd choice of material to lampoon, but it does work, as the stiflingly puritan attitudes of the townspeople contrast with the sleazy goings on. The obvious anachronisms are a hoot to behold, and incidental jokes also help in the entertainment value, as for one thing, when the citizens have dinner with the local Indians, and people get high on peace pipe smoke, we hear music more appropriate for East Indian characters. In one very weird but inspired touch, a deputy speaks doing a Don Knotts impression, and the actor in the role does a good job. There is lots of energy, both in the presentation and in the performances. The huffy Pankin and the horny Thomas are particularly funny, and the enticing Carrera is very easy to watch. The long list of capable performers also includes Bud Cort ("Harold & Maude") as the parson who goes blind, singer Annie Golden as Abigail, David Graf (a.k.a. Tackleberry from the "Police Academy" franchise) as her husband Nathaniel, the incomparable Anne Ramsey as an old witch, and none other than Dr. Joyce Brothers, who takes the stand at Sara's trial, in her defense, and is branded a heretic when she utters psychological explanations that the townspeople don't want to hear. The trial also gets simply hysterical when that rap number breaks out. Now, some of the humour is obvious, like playing upon the word "pussy", but for the most part this is irresistible stuff with some decent slapstick gags and some priceless lines of dialogue. Fans of Brooks's films and the actors involved really should give it a look. Eight out of 10.


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