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The Naked Witch (1961)

M | | Horror | 1961 (USA)
A student researching the German settlements of Central Texas unearths the grave of a reputed witch. The witch (who happens to be both beautiful and naked) rises from her grave and embarks ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Denis Adams Denis Adams
Charles West Charles West
Howard Ware Howard Ware
Jack Herman Jack Herman
Marilyn Pope Marilyn Pope
Der Saengerbund Children's Choir Der Saengerbund Children's Choir
Jo Maryman Jo Maryman ... Kirska
Robert Short Robert Short ... The Student
Libby Hall Libby Hall ... The Naked Witch
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A student researching the German settlements of Central Texas unearths the grave of a reputed witch. The witch (who happens to be both beautiful and naked) rises from her grave and embarks on a campaign of seduction and murder against the descendants of her persecutors. It's up to the student to stop her bloody reign of terror-if he can resist the seductive powers of her evil beauty. Written by D.A. Kellough <dkelloug@infinet.com>

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She had the Body of a Goddess and the Soul of a Witch. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Luckenbach Witch See more »

Filming Locations:

Luckenbach, Texas, USA

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Budget:

$8,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alexander Enterprises See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in 1960, not released until 1964. See more »

Goofs

The Naked Witch's purloined peignoir set changes in the cave; first she's wearing the short, one-shoulder negligee, then in the same scene she seems to be wearing the diaphanous robe, then she's suddenly back in the short, one-shoulder piece after she seduces the student with her dance. During her dance, she is clearly wearing inexplicably obtained white underpants as well. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original color version credits "A Film Written, Directed, and Edited by Larry Buchanan and Claude Alexander" on the title card, but on the black-and-white release versions the title card is changed to "A Film Written, Directed, and Edited by Larry Buchanan". See more »

Connections

Remake of Noita palaa elämään (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

The Day the Earth Stood Still
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Bernard Herrmann
played during the introduction to the prologue
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Hot dang, that thar witch really is nekkid!
10 January 2010 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

This early Larry Buchanan opus is barely feature length at 59 minutes, yet it requires considerable padding to get even that far: It opens with a nearly ten-minute pseudo-documentary prologue discussing the history of witchery (and making use of a lot of Hieronymous Bosch imagery), then follows that with travelogue footage and an explanation of how a Texas small town remained a largely German-speaking one, over a century since its creation by German settlers. (This is accompanied by shots of flaxen-haired children in traditional garb dancing, singing and skipping around, very much kitsch like the German part of Disney's "It's a Small World.") Then our handsome collegiate hero tells us in voice-over-- there's not a lot of actual dialogue in this movie--why he's driving to this outback. He's researching a thesis paper on the region, notably its own witchcraft legends and persecutions.

Other people have described the minimalist plot well enough. What should be pointed out, however, is that "The Naked Witch" is--as the title suggests--more a "nudie cutie" masquerading as a horror movie than anything else. The witch does indeed appear nude-- raised from the dead, she's nekkid, and wanders around teasingly semi-hidden by shadow, shrubbery and fences until she literally rips off a dress from the heroine. (At one point the witch actress was apparently over-exposed, because a crude black bar appears on screen to cover her naughty bits.) Later the hero spies her skinny-dipping in a pretty murky-looking river, and we see her topless for quite a stretch. She seduces him, and they have a sort of sex scene--of course not at all explicit, but it's still rare for a movie of this era to make it so clear that intercourse has occurred.

Anyway, this quirky sexploitation/horror melange--with its violence so discreet as to be almost non-existent--is amusingly odd and too brief to become boring.


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