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Witches' Brew (1980)

This remake of Fritz Leiber's novel "Conjure Wife" (previously filmed as 1944's "Weird Woman" and 1962's "Night of the Eagle" AKA "Burn, Witch, Burn") is more of a horror spoof, as three ... See full summary »
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Teri Garr ... Margaret Lightman
Richard Benjamin ... Joshua Lightman
Lana Turner ... Vivian Cross
James Winkler James Winkler ... Linus Cross (as James R. Winker) (as James Winker)
Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Susan Carey
Bill Sorrells Bill Sorrells ... Nick Carey
Kelly Jean Peters ... Linda Reynolds
Jordan Charney ... Charlie Reynolds
Nathan Roth Nathan Roth ... Ben Cohn
Barbara Minkus Barbara Minkus ... Saleswoman (as Barbara Minkus-Barron)
Bonnie Gondell Bonnie Gondell ... Marcia Groton
Angus Scrimm ... Carl Groton (as Lawrence Guy)
Carlos Royval Carlos Royval ... Patrol Officer #1
Tony Kulik Tony Kulik ... Patrol Officer #2
Gerald Ray Gerald Ray ... Meter Officer #1
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This remake of Fritz Leiber's novel "Conjure Wife" (previously filmed as 1944's "Weird Woman" and 1962's "Night of the Eagle" AKA "Burn, Witch, Burn") is more of a horror spoof, as three women use witchcraft to further the careers of their respective professor husbands. 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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Final film role of Lana Turner. See more »

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Version of Weird Woman (1944) See more »

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Witches' Brew
Sung by Joyce Vincent Wilson
Lyrics by Lennie Bleecher
Music by John Carl Parker (as John Parker)
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Groaner based on an excellent if dated horror story
13 January 2007 | by jclark-29See all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie on cable and watched for a while, thinking with Benjamin and Garr it wouldn't be a complete waste of time. Wrong! To compound the disappointment of wooden performances, I eventually realized the plot was lifted right out of Fritz Leiber's "Conjure Wife" -- a wonderful horror tale set in academia. If you go for horror and/or "weird tales", find the book (and read Leiber's "Our Lady of Darkness" while you're at it -- it's better). But forget this movie. Closest video approximation to the tone of Leiber's work is the Night Gallery episode, "The Dead Man". A student of Lovecraft, Leiber is one of the true greats in weird fiction.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Weird Woman See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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