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Season of the Witch/There's Always Vanilla

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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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  • 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AQ69S6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,453 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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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Allan MacInnis on 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 By Chaussette Fugace on July 23, 2007
Format: DVD
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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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brother MOLOCH 969 on October 19, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I found this to be a terrific, positive type of film about a housewife whose husband is both abusive and cares not for her. She discovers Witchcraft and that she has 'talents' with which she uses to plot revenge and to liberate herself.

McWiccans hate films like this because the Witch does not fit their own stereotype of "hippie/pagan, nature-worshiping, patchouli-wearing oddballs". Plus there's no mention of any rule of three nor karma so the Witch is left to herself as to how to proceed in dealing with life.

To me, the Witch is empowered and realizes she does not have to take anyone else's crap any longer which is what self-empowerment is all about. So she does a little bad JuJu and has no patron goddess, still the Witch is fun to watch how she resolves conflict with spellwork.

The ending is grand and a surprise to me. Without letting the cat out of the proverbial bag, you discover she wins in this film. Unlike other movies where Witches are portrayed as violent and homicidal maniacs, this one is rational, a thinker & patient which helps her to win.

I rank this film 5 of 5 stars for its entertainment value and positive message to women that you don't have to bullied if you choose not to be.
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