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Season of the Witch

3 Ratings: 3.7
A movie directed by George A. Romero

George A. Romero's modern day tale about witchcraft and the malaise of a middle class housewife.       Originally titled Jack's Wife.

Director: George A. Romero
Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: April 18, 1973
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Season of the Witch

A modern day witch's tale.

  • May 1, 2009
Rating:
+4
Jack's Wife was George A. Romero's follow up to "There's Always Vanilla" is an interesting film and highly underrated. The movie is about a lonely, WASPish housewife that has nothing to do in life. She's tired of her mundane existence and wants to have fun with her life. Faced with the fear of growing old, tiring of her housewife friends, social dinners and not being able to understand her daughter, she turns to dabbling in witchcraft. Jan White is Jack's Wife, a label put upon her by the couple's social friends. She's not Joan, simply Jack's Wife. There are several interesting characters in this film. One of them is Greg, a student professor (Ray Laine, a hold over from Romero's last film). He makes references to the "Graduate" whenever he encounters Joan. What I enjoy about this film is how Romero captures Middle America, and the mundane existence many of these women must feel. 
 
Romero shot this film on 16mm and financed it with mostly funds from his friends, family and co-workers,  In a few interviews, he stated that he wished he could remake this movie with a more appropriate budget.  To sell the film in other markets, the distributors called it The Hungry Wives and tried to tout the sex and nudity that's in the film.  One of the stars Ray Laine went back to local theater occasionally appearing in films.  The film was remastered and released on DVD from a print owned by the star Jan White.
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May 01, 2009
Interesting background material. I had a vhs of this and it eaten half way through so I've never seen the whole film. I'd like to see Romero get the chance to remake both this and THE CRAZIES.
May 01, 2009
If you can get a hold of it on DVD there's a lot of cool extras, especially the "lost" film There' Always Vanilla.
May 01, 2009
Now I have never even seen a copy of that one. Of course I haven't tried to search for it since I've had this computer--money problems too. I have to be very selective about what I buy.
 
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