Available on Netflix
THE QUICK & DIRTY DEETS
HONEST FILM SUBTITLE: “From Dusk Til Dawn but tighter, foreign, with witches.”
- Status: 10/10
- Horror Category: Dark Humor, Witches
- Foreign Film w/English Subtitles; High CGI
- High on Original Plot and Entertainment Value
Witching and Bitching was great. Really, really, great. We are talking A+ material here.
At first I was a little unsure about the title because it sounded kind of trite, but then I decided “To hell with it!” It’d been a while since I checked the Netflix horror category (thanks, Shudder) and I hadn’t seen this title around before. Besides, witches? I like witches almost as much as I like haunted house movies. And almost right from the start, I was hooked.
How’s it like From Dusk Til Dawn? Well, for starters, the first half of the movie is an adventure/crime plot, and the supernatural stuff really gets going midway. That’s not a criticism; this plot choice works really well for both movies. Our criminals in both cases are trying to hop the border to avoid the law and run into trouble of a more unusual sort at border towns. Unexpected allies are made. And, of course, there’s an air of campy humor overlying some deadly serious foes.
But Witching and Bitching does some stuff better, I’d dare say, than Dusk Til Dawn (and for me, that’s saying something). One outstanding difference is the heft and strength of the enemy force: these witches are completely capable of giving our protagonists a run for their money, and the way the movie concludes is ultra-satisfying. Every victory feels true and earned. There’s also such a great wry, almost-campy but really morbid sense of humor running through the whole thing, whereas Dusk Til Dawn‘s taste veers a little more.
Witching and Bitching is a fantastic movie. I found it completely enthralling, and well worth the watch.