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Season of the Witch/There's Always Vanilla (1973)

Charlotte Carter , Linda Creagan , George Romero  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlotte Carter, Linda Creagan, Neil Fisher, S. William Hinzman, Raymond Laine
  • Directors: George Romero
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQ69S6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Season of the Witch/There's Always Vanilla" on IMDb

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Joan Mitchell is an unhappy housewife pushing 40, who has an uncommunicative husband and a distant 19-year- old daughter. Frustrated at her current situation, Joan seeks solace in witchcraft after visiting a local tarot reader, who inspires Joan to follow her own path. After dabbling in witchcraft, Joan, believing herself to have become a real witch, withdraws into a fantasy world until the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred and eventually tragedy results.

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the devil with what people say... October 21, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Alright, so the acting is often amateurish and it isn't approved by Wiccans and the lot. They can go play with their chalices and swords -- it's a brilliant little movie. Romero looks at sexual frustration, the sexual revolution (California-style), and the relationship of these things to what would become known as "New Age spirituality" with a critical, curious, searching eye, making his most reflective and unusual film. Donovan's song is nicely used, and there are some almost Cassavetes-like moments where the characters push each other into revealing deep-seated frustrations and fears... Also some interesting considerations of the relationship between religious beliefs and sexual needs which, really, just aren't TREATED that often in cinema. The film seems to seriously want to explore everything that Romero thinks might be healthy about witchcraft, without being afraid to also criticize it, as well. I'd almost be willing to call it a feminist film, in that Romero earnestly tries to frame 70's west-coasty let's-pretend/ let's-get-nekkid occultism in the context of VERY REAL female struggles at the time. His cynicism ultimately wins out, however; though the movie remains ultimately a little ambiguous, the last scene seems pretty mocking, to my eyes... In any event -- it is worth watching and thinking about. And yes, Satanism and Wicca are different things, and YES, Romero takes some liberties with his depiction of "The Craft," but Cripes, guys, what, do you just watch THE WICKER MAN over and over and over and over and over and over and over? Lighten up! (And please don't put any curses on me).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two strange films by George A. Romero July 23, 2007
This DVD features the second and third films by the "horror director" George A. Romero. Nevertheless, none of each is really horror oriented. There's Always Vanilla is a romantic drama depicting the 70's atmosphere, whereas Season of the Witch is a housewife portrait. Both of them are difficult to watch, but necessary for die hard Romero fans. The quality of the image and the sound is good on There's Always Vanilla, whereas on Season of the Witch, it's not clean at all. By the way, although the title of the movie is Season of the Witch, it seems to be the Hungry Wives cut (the French DVD release contains more witchcraft scenes and less dialogue). The bonus are interesting, the documentary is cool, and the interview of the director is out of the ordinary.
As a conclusion, this DVD is destined to Romero fans only !
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 movie three names June 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Well I think George Romero is a genius (If you don't think so thats good for you). This was romeros 3rd movie,and it seemed to have the same fate as the movie romero made before it and after it. reason #1: Georges' second movie shot in 1969 was first titled "Theres Always Vanilla", it was then re-released as "The Affair", and then once more re-named "At play with the Angels", then, it unfortunatly fell off the face of the earth without a trace. Then in 1972 Romero shot "Jacks wife" the movie bombed at the box office (mainly because people didn't get it or didn't want to try) The production house that financed the film (unknown to Romero)actually usually financed x-rated films. So the film was re-released under its new name "Hungry Wives" and was trying to be sold as "soft porn", poor George was so wizzed (and embarassed) that he called it a loss. The film remained forgotten until 1979 right after "Dawn of the Dead" was released. The new distribution company who bought the rights to it cut about a half hour out of it and re-released it as "Season of the Witch". Hoping that the movie would ride on the coatails of "Dawn". Then Romeros' next film "The Crazies" was originally released as "Code Name:Trixie" in 1973.
As for "Season of the Witch", its really a great movie. Its just that most people just dont want to have to try to figure things out, if the entire plot, all of the questions and answers in it arent presented to people right under their noses, they "don't understand it" or "get bored" with it because they have the attention span of 3rd graders.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites March 29, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This movie has been a favorite of mine for many many years. Origionaly released under the title of "Jacks Wife" this movie continues to be great after all this time. This movie, though slow to get to the topic, is based on traditional witchcraft (NOT WICCA) but witchcraft as presented in Paul Huson's 70's Book, Mastering Witchcraft. Each ritual in this bok is taken almost word for word from Mastering Witchcraft. I would highly reccomend this movie for those people who are interested in a true classic and not just some modern wicca based nonsense full of special effects and silly fluffy bunny wannabes. If your a Romero fan this is for you.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Error in disc count February 16, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Quality is about as good as it gets - nice featurette interview with Romero. Watch out, however, this is NOT two discs -- you get one disc with one movie on each side. I was expecting 2 discs, per the notation on this site, and thought Amazon had made a mistake.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Pretty bad
Published 1 month ago by Linda Kidwell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 1 month ago by Kaethe Eltawely
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It was ok... A few loose ends to the story.
Published 3 months ago by RG
1.0 out of 5 stars amateur video transfer is unwatchable
The streaming version of Season of the Witch has massive compression artifacts making the movie unwatchable. Come on Amazon! You are damaging your reputation. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Louden Clear
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Flicks from Romero
The disc comprises of two little known flicks from Romero; one an obscure romantic comedy called There's Always Vanilla and the other a horror treatment on the subject of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hwang
4.0 out of 5 stars Romero has stood the test of time
George Romero's Season of the Witch is a cult classic and a little psychological dark gem. Well done, quirky and weird. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Discerning Eye
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE F DID I JUST WATCH???
No story. No plot. Bad acting. Fugly actresses. Not even mildly entertaining and I love 70s movies.
This one was totally pointless.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A very bad witches movie
The plot of this movie is going nowhere, it is not a horror movie nor a suspense movie. it is boring, old and dumb. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alfonso Reyes
2.0 out of 5 stars Uummmm...
I hear it's a cult classic, but it was lost on me. It seemed chaotic and confused from the beginning.
Published 8 months ago by Brooke Merry
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie is AWESOME
I really loved this flick! Good story, great acting, good scares. The lead actress is perfect. I loved the hair makeup and costuming in this vintage witch story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kyra Love
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