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In today's world of high-profile Hollywood special effects flicks, B-movies
are very underrated and under-appreciated. Oscar material they are not, but
they don't try to be. I, personally, have a love for B-cinema, whether it's
B-horror, B-action, or B-science fiction. They're movies without big
budgets, without big stars, and have poor scripts and poor acting, yet can
be just as much fun as big Hollywood movies. A well-made B-movie is
humorous, schlocky, tittilating, and most of all entertaining.
Jane Simpson's Little Witches is all of these. It contains everything that makes B-movies so much fun: Creepy horror, blood and gore, a low budget, hot catholic school girl babes, and loads of bare flesh. A truly entertaining and well-made B-movie. The term 'good bad movie' certainly applies to Little Witches. I'll be looking for Sheeri Rappaport in more films after this one.
Catholic school girls performing black rituals in the nude.
...What's not to like?
Check out Clea DuVall, from the highly cool and woefully underrated THE FACULTY.
This movie is a time filler. If you having nothing better to do, watch it. But if you want a quality flick, this isn't it. All it is, is a platform for t & a, and that's about it. The story is not much to be desired, but it IS good mindless fun, take notice on the mindless part. This is good to watch when there's nothing on TV and Showtime is showing it AGAIN. As for the Craft ripoff debate, it's not a ripoff, but it does try to be fun in a Craft way, but fails poorly. If you can see it for free, go for it. But don't waste any money seeing it.
In the grand tradition of B horror movies, this one does have nudity (not to disappoint the male viewers) and stereotypes its characters like crazy, but it was good and actually scary. These were mostly unheard-of actors but they all did a good job. Clea DuVall has gone on since to do other movies: The Faculty and She's All That to name a few. Sheeri Rappaport, Mimi Reichmeister and Jennifer Rubin all were excellent. This movie was a very very effective contribution to the horror genre.
"Little Witches" is one of those silly, sloppy, T&A-loaded
"B" Horror flicks that you just gotsta luv!! :=8) It sports poor fx,
hilarious dialogue, inane black magic mumbo-jumbo, loads of "B" actors
you've seen in udder flicks, and copious amounts of nekkid catholic school
girl flesh. It's one of those kinda moovies that the herd luvs to pop into
the vcr late at night, with a greasy pizza and a 6-pack of moo juice,
knowing full well that their brains will not be required for the next 90
minutes or so. In which a gaggle of giggling school girls, left to rot
Easter break at their Catholic boarding school, discover the "black arts",
and summon the Big Evil Dude to do the nekkid cow boogie.
Faith(Mimi Reichmeister) is the sweet, smart, virginal, heroic snugglebunny
who just wants to do the right thing; naturally, she saves the day when the
Giant Evil Scaly 3-Mouthed Demon Thing comes for munchies. Jamie(Sheeri
Rappaport, appearances in "NYPD Blue" & "Xena" tv shows)is the naughty,
abused bad girl, who spends moost of the film without clothing, and who
dragged to hell for being a slutty, power-hungry b**ch. The sharp-eyed
spot Clea DuVall(Invisible Girl in tv's "Buffy:The Vampire Slayer", "The
Faculty")in the gaggle, who gets skewered by a scaly demon horn. Snuggly
"B" starlet Jennifer Rubin("A Nightmare on Elm Street 3", "The Crush",
"Screamers")plays a nun(yeah, right...)who is also the Guardian of the Book
That Summons the Giant Evil Scaly 3-Mouthed Demon Thing, and also sports a
nifty tattoo! Jack Nance(tv's "Twin Peaks", "Love and a .45") plays a
soon-to-be sliced up priest, and good ol' Zelda Rubenstein ("Poltergeist")
plays a tiny poisoned nun with a red splotch on her head. The herd howled
over such cheesy dialogue as: "Do you have any sins of a non-dietary
nature?", and "This is an ancient book of black spells - AND IT REALLY
WORKS!". If silly "B" fun, coupled with oodles of nekkid cuties, is what
yer after, then the MooCow is here to tell ya this is yer twisted cup of
java. Haphazardly directed by Jane Simpson (Simpson, eh...), and sporting
moore gaping plot holes than Kathy Lee Gifford's reputation, "Little
Witches" is no "Sixth Sense", but believe me you won't mind. The MooCow
says order up a double pepperoni & fire up the vcr for "Little Witches",
let the silliness roll!
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In this poor man's THE CRAFT, director Jane Simpson's LITTLE WITCHES has Catholic school girls(unfortunately having to spend their spring break at the convent)dabbling with black magic when a secret baptistery is discovered while construction is underway on the old church, and a book of spells written entirely in Latin gives instructions on how to bring forth "He who comes". Sheeri Rappaport is a naughty sex kitten whose life at home is of an abusive nature. The book of spells provides her with something interesting to do(her motivation is that this spell will give her power to no longer have others in authority telling her what to do)while stuck at the convent and her Jamie has a great influence on the other girls. Mimi Rose is the virginal Faith Ferguson, a giggly and sweet girl on the road to Stanford and a potential foil to Jamie's plans(after reciting a spell, the "horned demon" takes over control of her body and this, in turn, enslaves the other girls, besides Faith, who carry on with a ceremony which will allow Lucifer access from his dimension into ours if they are successful)if she can keep the book from their grasp. There's a spiritual guardian the Lord uses to keep Lucifer from entering our world and the identity of the person is later revealed. Jennifer Rubin(NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET III; BAD DREAMS)is Sister Sherilyn, the authoritative figure(and their teacher, also)in charge of the girls. David Lynch regular Jack Nance(ERASERHEAD)is the priest over the parish where these girls attend. Zelda Rubinstein(POLTERGEIST)pops up as another weirdo, this time an odd nun with a fixation for crucifixes(the girls avoid her like the plague)who could be the guardian who keeps the horned demon at bay(and was responsible for it's defeat at the beginning of the movie). Tommy Stork is Mimi's hunky love interest, construction worker/architect student, Daniel(also a virgin saving himself for the right girl). Early role for Clea DuVall as one of the girls who gets all caught up in the witchcraft which costs them far more than they could possibly imagine. Showcase for Rappaport who gets naked a lot and has one hell of a tantalizing striptease from her Catholic school uniform for the construction workers outside..she's really the whole show besides the interesting supporting cast of familiar faces. The ceremony at the end results in the revelation of the ugly demon trying to make it's way into our world as Faith attempts to stop it. The soundtrack consists of echoing chants from a church choir which I found more than a bit annoying after a while. There's really nothing that particularly memorable other than when the girls strip and chant while holding hands and walking in a circle around a well. Good beach front location near the church provides some much needed eye candy besides Rappaport.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Wow! and I really mean WOW. That was my reaction when I first watched
the gorgeous Sheeri Rappaport in this B-Witch movie. What a body! what
a beautiful, angel face, and those legs; perfectly build... You know
were I'm going.
Let's be honest people. This movie is mediocre, dull, sometimes boring, but it has hot women. Sheeri steals the show as the hottest, sexiest of them all and delivers some steamy sexy scenes. For example, anytime she wears the college girl uniform (open shirt and skimpy mini mini skirt) she immediately gets naked like in the glorious scene at the confessional, and then while performing a striptease to tease the construction workers. Then she spends the whole movie naked or semi-naked. Thank you Sheeri!
Clea Duvall also has her moments and so does the rest of the cast but believe me, Ms. Rappaport is the reason to spend 90 minutes of your life.
ALso, the movie has some cheesy moments like when the devil monster "surprises" the naked chicks. That was just a lame excuse to show glorious frontal female nudity. So the rest of the scenes.
If you are looking for cheap entertainment then look elsewhere! "Little Witches" it's all about sexiness, hot women, and sex. This is my kind of entertainment for 3:00 a.m.
It was good to see these actresses early in their career. I knew that Sherri Rappaport looked familiar, and after doing a search I remembered her in "NYPD Blue" as Officer Mary Franco. I'll never forget her "Blue" scene, standing in front of Rick(y) Schroder with her arms folded over her chest. Clea Duval was great in "Girl Interrupted," and she's a nice presence here. Also for the lesser known Melissa Taub: At the risk of sounding shallow, it's great to see the "fat girl" have a nude scene, (at least in an American movie). Camryn Manheim, are you next???
I loved this movie..... It had the right ammount of rage and teen angst in it. The whole freaky nun thing was silly, but none the less added to the entertainment value of "little witches" I would say, go rent it...it's a good laugh.
"Little Witches" follows a group of girls at a Catholic boarding school
in Southern California who are holed up together over the Easter
vacation. Some rowdy, some bored, and some sexually- repressed, they
group together and begin dabbling with the occult, and unleash evil
beyond their imagination.
Often footnoted as the cut-out bin-equivalent to "The Craft," "Little Witches" is drawing on a lengthy tradition of Catholic schoolgirl occult exploitation that has been a trend dating back to the television films of the seventies"Satan's School for Girls" and "The Possessed" come to mind. In fact, "Little Witches" is really not all that different from those films, aside from the fact that its straight-to-video release allowed for gratuitous nudity and other material that would've never made on television. In spite of this, the film very much feels like a made-for-TV movie, with indolent cinematography, a distracting musical score, and anemic performances from just about all involved.
In short, yes, this is a terrible film, one whose main attraction for many is the abundance of female flesh and sacrilegious antics. The flip side? There is definitely an audience for it, and though I can't necessarily count myself as one of them, I can understand where people find the charm in it. The film is peppered with fun scenes, and the over-the-top ending is reminiscent of the hokiest of the "Children of the Corn" sequels. Jennifer Rubin plays the authoritative nun/mother figure of the film, while a young Clea DuVall has a small part as one of the sorores Satanae; Sheeri Rappaport plays the ringleader of the girls, while Mimi Rose plays (unconvincingly) the film's moral center. Zelda Rubinstein also makes a rather amusing token appearance.
Overall, "Little Witches" is a generally weak film that is also a vainglorious B-movie triumph in some sense. It's technically quite abysmal on most accounts, but it also oddly seems to be aware of this. There is fun to be had for the right frame of mind (or right viewer), but at the end of the day, it's still a cheap and easy Satanic sisterhood flick that, while more gratuitous than its peers, does not rise above them. 4/10.
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