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The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.


Matt Cimber


Robert Thom




Cast overview, first billed only:
Millie Perkins ... Molly
Lonny Chapman ... Long John
Vanessa Brown ... Cathy
Peggy Feury Peggy Feury ... Doris
Jean Pierre Camps Jean Pierre Camps ... Tadd
Mark Livingston 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 Lynne Guthrie ... Carol
Barry Cooper Barry Cooper ... Newcomer
Gene Rutherford ... Sam Walters


In California, Molly is a deranged woman that babysits her nephews while her sister works hard sewing clothes for her clients. Molly works as waitress in a restaurant in the night shift and is the lover of the owner. She has fantasies with other handsome men. But Molly has also recollections of her childhood, when she was sexually abused by her father. Her insanity leads her to a murderous crime spree against men. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Molly really knows how to cut men down to size!!


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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This film originally received an X rating from the MPAA. Several cuts had to be made in order to secure an R rating. See more »


Molly: Why don't you act like a man and go hide in the closet, cowboy?
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References Repulsion (1965) See more »

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Respectable low-budget effort
4 March 2005 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bruxa que Veio do Mar See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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