IHR Ep. 72: The Love Witch

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Welcome to the INDIE HORROR RISING podcast, Episode #72! On this week’s podcast, co-hosts Jay Sapiro and Chris Micklos take you on an IHR Dark Dive into the 2016 horror/comedy/romance film THE LOVE WITCH.

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More information, links, and show notes below!

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About The Love Witch:

THE LOVE WITCH is a 2016 American comedy horror/tragedy film written, edited, directed, produced, and scored by Anna Biller. The film stars Samantha Robinson as Elaine Parks, a modern-day witch who uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her with disastrous results. Shot in Los Angeles and Arcata, California, it premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In May 2016, it was acquired for distribution at the Cannes Marché du Film by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

The film received a limited release in the United States on November 11, 2016. THE LOVE WITCH was shot on 35mm film, and printed from an original cut negative. The film was acclaimed by critics for its playful tribute to 1960s horror and Technicolor films, combined with its serious inquiry into contemporary gender roles. (Source: Wikipedia Summary)

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About Anna Biller:

ANNA BILLER is a writer and director who creates unique, female-focused, highly visual films. She has a BA from UCLA in art and an MFA from CalArts in art and film. Her first feature VUVA played in film festivals all over the world and gained minor cult status, and her second feature THE LOVE WITCH won acclaim for its elaborate visual style and feminist themes, and has screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.

The New York Times called THE LOVE WITCH “a hothouse filled with deadly and seductive blooms;” The New Yorker called it “a metaphysical astonishment;” Film Comment said, “Biller’s sharp film stands in stark contrast to the complacency and crushing safeness of the vast majority of independent films made in the US. Shot in 35mm, her film displays a technical mastery that is glorious to behold;” and The Austin Chronicle said, “Anna Biller has quickly established herself as one of the most exciting filmmakers of the past decade.”

In 2017 she won the Trailblazer Award and Best Costume Design at the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle Awards for THE LOVE WITCH, and in 2019 she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is listed in a Rotten Tomatoes article as one of “The 21 Masters Of Horror Shaping The Genre Right Now.” THE LOVE WITCH appeared on many 2016 best-of-year lists, and on Rotten Tomatoes it’s ranked as the #40 horror film of all time. (Source: IMDB Bio)

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LINKS:

THE LOVE WITCH ON IMDB: www.imdb.com/title/tt3908142

THE LOVE WITCH OFFICIAL TRAILER: Watch the official THE LOVE WITCH trailer here.

WATCH THE LOVE WITCH: Find out where to watch THE LOVE WITCH streaming here.

ANNA BILLER ON IMDB: www.imdb.com/name/nm0082366

The Love Witch Review: A Spellbinding Feminist Delight In Technicolor |  IndieWire

IHR DEEP DIVE READING LIST:

Read the AVClub.com interview with Anna Biller.

Read the DreadCentral.com interview with Anna Biller.

Read about Anna Biller’s beef with her crew on THE LOVE WITCH at IndieWire.com.

Read award-winning director Allison Anders’ opinion piece “Fear of the Female Planet, or Why I Love THE LOVE WITCH” at TalkHouse.com.

Read the article “‘I’m Actually Trying to Create a Film for Women’: Anna Biller on THE LOVE WITCH” at FilmmakerMagazine.com.

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BLOODY GOOD STUFF:

Jay: Jay gave us a double dose of Bloody Good Stuff this week. He starts by letting Anna Biller have her say with her UCTV.com video interview HERE. Then he shares another interview with THE LOVE WITCH cinematographer M. David Mullen about the signature look of the film HERE.

Chris: Though Chris didn’t love THE LOVE WITCH, he is a fan of the witch-horror sub-genre. So for his Bloody Good Stuff this week, he shares a few “best witch movie” lists. Check them out HERE, HERE, and HERE!

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