The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976)

The Witch that came from the sea (1)

Director : Matt Cimber Writer: Robert Thom Producer: Jefferson Richard  Starring: Jefferson Richard. 1h 28m. USA.

Synopsis : A disturbed woman is haunted by memories of childhood abuse, which culminates in a murder spree.

I accidentally stumbled on this movie after falling in love with the artwork for the, then video cover. But I was lucky to have stumbled on one of the best and unsung psychological horrors of the 70s exploitation movement. Now I am the proud owner a gorgeous shirt from Rabbit In Red, which was originally a painting taking from the cover of Waren Comic’s Vamprella #11, so what’s all the fuss about?

olly takes her two nephews to the beach, while telling them a story while they play in the sand, Molly drifts off and fantasizes the brutal deaths of the local beach body builders, coming back to her senses she takes her nephew’s home and goes to work at a local bar. As we follow the antics of Molly she gets tattooed, she gets guys high and ties them up and cuts them up, playing the victim when her plans go awry she often takes on an alternative persona before her kills, possibly as a result from being sexually abused as a child. Will she ever stop her favourite hobby of cutting men down to size?

Molly really knows how to cut men down to size!!

The notoriety of this film probably owes itself to the fact that it was banned for so long, most versions are still dramatically cut, which seems strange as there is a lot worse out on the market these days. It’s certainly one of the more obscure video nasties, Molly’s character seems to changes a lot throughout the film but it’s clear that the film is focused in at pointing the finger at her abuser and not her, it also doesn’t vendict her of her crimes but does offer some graphic kills, as Moly slices and dices her way around the sleazy circuit in wee town, with her apparent hatred to all men becoming stronger and consuming her.

Why don’t you act like a man and go hide in the closet, cowboy?

It’s really easy to see it as tame feminist’s wet dream, and by today’s standards it’s hard to see why it was banned. It has the typical atmosphere of any low budget 70’s exploitation movie, it dishes up some violent kills but the focus is on the innocent barmaid who’s on the path of destruction but that everyone knows isn’t her fault. Despite some of the film coming across as being generic it is a pleasing classic that teeters on the edge of being a gorefest, until it’s politically pleasing ending.


Rating –  8/10

R: The Slayer (1982), I Spit on your Grave (1978), Murder on the Night Train (1975), Don’t go near the park (1979)
L: Selected 70s exploitation films, Witch Films, Slashers, Female Killers.
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