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 ...
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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
Groaner based on an excellent if dated horror story
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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