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Witching and Bitching (2013)

  Tags: Alex de la Iglesia Jorge, Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang, comedic, curse, Enrique Cerezo, foriegn, Guerricaechevarría, Hugo Silva, Jaime Ordonez, La Fabrique de Films, Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi, Mario Casas, Pepon Nieto, Secun de la Rosa, spain, spanish, Terele Pavez, witches, Witching and Bitching

Your rating: None Average: 9 (7 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Alex de la Iglesia
Runtime: 
104 minutes
Cast: 
Mario Casas, Hugo Silva, Carmen Maura, Terele Pavez, Carolina Bang, Secun de la Rosa, Pepon Nieto, Jaime Ordonez


This marks the latest film from Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus, The Perfect Crime, Common Wealth) whom is no stranger to mixing comedy with horror and being a fan of the man's work I was looking forward to this. Also, specifically because we don't see movies involving witches much in the genre nowadays. Luckily Witching and Bitching didn't disappoint, especially when it came down to the insane and highly entertaining climax.

The story revolves around a small group of criminals (and a young boy) fleeing from the city after robbing a jewelry store. They somehow make their way to a seemingly unknown small town in the middle of nowhere full of your standard assembly of strange locals and also just so happens to be home of hundreds of witches. Unluckily for these guys the witches have been looking for a young boy and other sacrifices to complete a special ritual that they can now proceed with. 

If you're familiar with the work of Alex de la Iglesia then you know to expect a lot of crazy charismatic people and some insane and sometimes almost completely random and extraordinary scenarios. That's basically what we've got here, where it starts fairly basic, but by the end it's like something out of King Kong! While the comedy is hit and miss at times, the dark comedic tone and solid pacing remains throughout, keeping the viewer pretty entertained, especially since we're continuously being introduced to strange and interesting new characters.

Aside from some iffy CG the only issue I had with the film would have to involve one of the female leads, whom seemed to have a somewhat sudden change of character. One second she's an evil witch cutting off body parts and the next she's in love with one of the guys and wants to get out? Not that anything in the movie should be taken seriously, but I just found the transition of her character a little too fast and unrealistic. Other than that I had a good time with this flick.

Much like with the past works of Alex de la Iglesia there are a  lot of crazy characters and silly situation that ultimately lead to a pretty extraordinary finale. Definitely a fun film from start to finish. 

Posted on February 12, 2014 - 11:47pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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