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Jeff and Preston are a pair of friends who run a micro-brewery out of their garage. When they accidentally run over and splatter a witchs black cat, she puts a powerful curse on their latest batch of booze. Soon the unsuspecting locals imbibe the homemade beer and suffer extremely gruesome, agonizing and ironic deaths!
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This is a low budget film that had some good special effects and make-up as well as very "B" effects and bad rubber masks. The humor was at the low end. For instance a vet in a wheel chair is named "Mr. Walker" who "doesn't stand for a lot of things."
The film is cheesy, the humor corny, and the special effects questionable. An altered state film from start to finish.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. Nudity.
The superstitious Jeff wants nothing to do with the supposedly cursed ale, but Preston insists that they sell it as planned. They deliver cases to local bars, liquor stores, friends and more. As the characters drink the alcohol, they drop like flies after suffering awful deaths. Witch's Brew is something like a (slightly) less bizarre version of Street Trash, although it's just as fun on most accounts.
I don't want to spoil any of the many death scenes, but I will say that they are equal parts amusing and grotesque. The characters don't just drop dead; they each go in their own unique way, usually related to a personality quirk. For example, the first victim of the cursed beer is Sergeant Walker, a wheelchair-bound homeless man whose paraplegic legs kick himself to death.
The film could be used as a strong argument against using CGI over practical effects on a small production. Special effects makeup artists Kaleigh Brown and Jason M. Koch and crew member John Laveck had their work cut out for them, as the death scenes are the focal point of the picture. In particular, the second act of the film essentially acts as a showcase for their creations. Their hard work paid off; the effects are nothing short of excellent for a film of this budget.
In fact, the entire production looks great for a little independent effort. It's well shot, well lit, well edited and well directed. The competent technical aspects give the film the illusion that it was made for a higher budget. Writer/director Chris LaMartina has followed up his slasher throwback President's Day with another impressive feature. Indie filmmakers take note: Witch's Brew is low budget horror filmmaking done right. A sweet treat for horror junkies lovingly crafted by fellow fans of the genre.
Review from HorrorNews.net