Necromancy (The Witching) 1972 2013 NR

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(6) IMDb 4.1/10

Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead.

Starring:
Orson Welles, Pamela Franklin
Runtime:
1 hour, 17 minutes

Necromancy (The Witching) 1972

Customer Reviews

Just a stupid movie, UGH!
Peter Martin
Originally, the background was white, not red, the little devil-doll figure in the middle wasn't used &, of course, there was no "a.k.a. The Witching".
Laust Cawz
The lighting, directing, and editing are all terrible.
Deejay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Levenson on October 15, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Contrary to the other review here "The Witching/Necromancy"is a well done,scary film...Granted,it isn't Oscar quality,but then so few films are..Neither is it real cheese,like"Plan 9 from outer space',which is"so bad it's good"..No,this film falls somewhere in the middle...Made decades ago it contains nudity but little in the way of the gore,profanity,and special effects that the current generation have come to expect from their horror films.Instead what we get is more of a psychological study,the horror slowly building until the frightening ending..Orson Welles does not"walk"though his role but,on the otherhand his role does not demand him to be Jack Torrance from"The Shining",so to modern viewers his quiet evil may seem as if the great actor isn't really putting any over-the-top ham into his performance..
It is unfortunate that this film is at this time only available in the PAL format or as a poorly produced 3D version.A good,old fashioned ordinary release,without the 3d effect and available in the north American format would be a real plus
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laust Cawz on June 26, 2014
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The problem here (the only one, but it's a big one) is that (as I suspected, but wasn't certain of) this is NOT the original film shown in theaters under the title "Necromancy". For release on video (VHS) in the early '80s, radical changes were made for a version that was sold under the title "The Witching". Scenes were cut (including a vital, final twist), re-arranged, or switched around, the opening & closing credits were totally redone in a very run-of-the-mill style, the original musical score (including a memorably ominous song) was entirely replaced with a terribly cheesy one, the whole look of the film (especially towards the finale) was altered & not for the better & there was even new footage shot, woven into the plot. The artwork seen here advertising the film is the original movie poster with a few important exceptions. Originally, the background was white, not red, the little devil-doll figure in the middle wasn't used &, of course, there was no "a.k.a. The Witching". Instead, an asterisk led to a definition of the word "Necromancy"--*A Life For A Life". The original cut is nearly impossible to find anymore, in any format. If Amazon wants to look into adding it to their buying options (& if they can afford the time & money involved), looking in European countries might be a good idea, since the last remaining copies of many presumed-lost films have been found there, because it was often the end of the distribution line.
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By Phyllis Le Chat on January 5, 2015
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After 20 minutes, just removed from my list. What a waste of talent, The lighting was poor - too dark to see any details and could barely recognize faces; the camera work was fair; the dialogue - it would have made a better silent film. The acting was passable - direction must have been poor. Having some experience as a past member of an international ritual magick organization, the rituals and summonings wouldn't have called forth anything except a neighbor banging on the wall - there was no confidence or power in the chants at all. I had been looking forward to seeing Orson Welles and Pamela Franklin working in the same movie - the casting was just so...unusual. It was worth it to see someone supposed to be Welles wearing a really child-friendly fake goat head mask, I suppose.
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