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The Naked Witch / Crypt of Dark Secrets (Special Edition) (1961)

Denis Adams , Charles West , Claude Alexander , Jack Weis  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Denis Adams, Charles West, Howard Ware, Jack Herman, Marilyn Pope
  • Directors: Claude Alexander, Jack Weis, Larry Buchanan
  • Writers: Claude Alexander, Jack Weis, Larry Buchanan, Irwin Blaché
  • Producers: Claude Alexander
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Naked Witch / Crypt of Dark Secrets (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Interview with "Naked Witch" Producer and Roadshow Impresario Claude Alexander
  • Hex and Hoodoo Trailers for "Bourbon Street Shadows," "The Devil's Garden," "Hot Pants," "Holiday," "Indecent Desires," "Macumba Love," "Swamp Girl," "The Virgin Witch," "Voodoo Village," "Voodoo Woman," "Witchcraft," The Witch's Curse" and more
  • TV Spots for "The Naked Witch" and "Crypt of Dark Secrets"
  • Musical Voodoo Short "Witch Doctor"
  • Stripper Genii Young Voodoo Short "Afro-Cuban Genii"
  • Almita goes Wild in "Voodoo Virgin"
  • Sandra and Her Flames Star in "Temple Dance"
  • A Witch Turns Sexy in Nudie Short "Cigam S'rehtom"
  • LSD + Witchcraft = The 8mm Psychedelic Short "Acid Skull"
  • A Voodoo Curse, Lesbians, and Dirty Old Men All Combine Incoherently in the 31 Minute Nudie Featurette, "The Hot Pearl Snatch"
  • Gallery of Rare "Naked Witch" Behind-the-Scenes Photos and Exploitation Art
  • Ghastly Gallery of Ghoulish Comic Cover Art with Horror Radio Rarities

Editorial Reviews

The Naked Witch (1961, 59 min.) - Ding, dong, the witch ain't dead! After a college student digs up the remains of The Luckenbach Witch and removes the stake from her ribs, The Naked Witch is alive and well, strolling through the Texas countryside in her birthday suit! Killing the descendants of those who condemned her to death, she also seduces the student, who eventually realizes his sexy new girlfriend belongs back in the grave. A charmingly goofy and naughty-for-its-time regional rarity, this is also the first horror film directed by cult fave Larry Buchanan, who also gave the world "Zontar the Thing from Venus!" "Crypt of Dark Secrets" (1976, 71 min.) - Vietnam vet Ted Watkins is robbed of his cash by three thugs who invade his swamp home and leave him for dead. Ted awakens to find that he's the pet project of Damballa, a sexy witch who dances in the nude when she's not turning into a snake. She then takes revenge upon Ted's dimwitted almost-killers with the help of a voodoo priestess, buried treasure, a smoking mummy case, and her Crypt of Dark Secrets. Shot in Louisiana, this is off-kilter Drive-In-Approved Southern-Style Swamp Horror!

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly competent story telling for both features December 16, 2002
The Naked Witch is a low budget movie that hooks you first with facts about witches and then with facts about German settlers in Texas. Its a first person narrative about a college guy doing research on the folklore of the German folk who settled in Luckenbach Texas. While the older folk refuse to talk of the legend of the naked witch, a pretty young blonde girl aides the student who learns where the naked witch is buried and goes and digs her up. Revenge ensues.
The Crypt of Dark Secrets takes place in Louisiana bayou country. It reminded me of comic books like Swamp-Thing and Man Thing. The acting is the definition of wooden but I found the photography to be nice and the colors crisp on the DVD. The lead witch in this production is very attractive and does have a prolonged nude scene.
Then there are a ton of short subjects and witch related trailers. One of the most incoherent of the shorts is called something like the Great Pearl Snatch where forbidden Lesbian love and a lust for pearls collide in an epic rambling journey of rambling epic proportion. I don't know what it was about but it had some nudity.
Then there's the even more completely incoherent Acid Skull, which is the best short on the disk that combines LSD, a human skull, two naked girls in chains, and disco lights into about ten minutes of something. But don't worry, what ever it is, its not as bad as Moulin Rouge.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great DVD from Something Weird February 3, 2003
Two great flicks here especially if you like regional made horror films. The first if Larry Buchanan's first film Naked Witch about a college student who brings a beautiful dead witch back to life. Filmed for $8000.00 in Texas, Buchanan does his best to bring a very interesting story to life. I really enjoyed this film and it was nice to see a color print. Contains a little nudity, but nothing special.
The second feature is Crypt Of The Living Dead and it was shot in Louisiana. A mysterious woman on an island brings a man back from the dead and they seek revenge of those who killed him. Thick with voodoo and murky swamp vengeance, this is another rare treat for horror fans.
Great extras and trailers as only Something Weird can do. Check it out!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic! October 31, 2002
To break down my ratings I give the Naked Witch 4 stars, the Crypt of Dark Secrets 1 star, and the extras get 5 stars.
In Crypt of Dark Secrets, all you get for your trouble are 4 drownings, one robbery, one naive vietnam vet, and a long and boring look at a fictional society (with a population of 4 or 5 people (one dead)) that lived in the New Orleans swamps before the Europeans arrived. These ancient ones apparently spent most of their time doing boring, hippy dippy dances. Interestingly, half of them were white. But it's not as funny as it sounds. The only interesting thing is the swamp footage. It is unfortunate this movie takes up space on this DVD, but even if you skip this second feature, you get more than you do on most DVDs. The extras, plus "The Naked Witch", directed by Larry Buchanan, the man behind such hits as "Zontar" and "Mars Needs Women", make the DVD worthwhile.
"The Naked Witch" starts out with a long introduction giving the history of beliefs about witches around the time of the Black Death, with lots of great detail shots of Bosch's famous triptych. This opening is sort of like a sensational counterpoint to the classic "Haxan". It then goes into the history of a (real!) village in Texas settled by Germans which has maintained a culture straight out of mid-1800s Germany. Once these almost-documentaries end, it tells the story of a folklorist arriving in the village to study the legend of a witch (a real German folk legend transplanted to Texas, and previously the subject of a movie in Germany called, guess what, "The Naked Witch"). All of this I found interesting enough (many viewers may find these openings boring, but imagine going to a drive-in for a horror movie and sitting through this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I waited over 40 years for this one! May 13, 2007
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I can't say anything good about the movie "The Naked Witch" other than it would have made good Mystery Science Theater 3000 material. In terms of shear volume, the DVD is a good buy, but don't buy this for the quality of the content!

So why was I waiting for this? Claude Alexander, the producer of this movie, was a second cousin of mine. I remember back then him talking to my father about the financing and telling stories about getting it past city censors. It was great to hear the interview on the DVD. He thought as little about the movie then as he did on the DVD. For him it was just a way to put food on the table. I was too young to see the movie when it was released, but I was certainly curious! Claude died last July, 2006.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Who cares what the plot is, who cares what quality exists in the acting? The question is will I see a woman naked? The answer to both movies is yes. If you're trying to find a movie that will satisfy your lust for female nudity in 1970's genre films, buy this DVD and may I suggest the first time you watch it, try to be the only one home. You might not want other people in the room when you see this movie for about half a dozen times viewing it. These two movies aren't going to win awards, but I gave them both a stand up recommendation. Women will hate this DVD, men will love it.
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