Horrorfest 2019 Presents: The Love Witch (2016, Anna Biller)

It has been a while since I last saw a movie about witches, and The Love Witch is a very unique take on horror movies, sex, witches, feminism and women-men dynamics. In fact this movie deserves a second viewing and an essay on what it covers, yet until that happens this review will have to do. Samantha Robinson turns in a star making performance as Elaine, who in her search for love goes way too far.

Elaine uses sex magik in her endless attempts to find the perfect husband. She even states that she wants take from men, not the other way around. Yet she becomes smitten with a cop who embodies the opposite of herself. He is conservative and thinks of love as a weakness; she on the other hand is in touch with her feelings and seeks an equal partner. Her search for the perfect mate is unrealistic, however one can sympathize with this desire.

Particularly since Elaine is the kind of lonely soul that many people are in this life, myself included. Despite belonging to a community of witches she remains an outsider, having been a late comer to the group. She makes friends only to betray them in her search for love and desire. Elaine’s path is a lonely and sad one, destined to be haunted by a longing she cannot fulfill. Whether or not she finds what she is looking for, well you have to view the movie and find out.

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