Molly really knows how to cut men down to size!!
Anger stemming from being abused as a child drives an alcoholic's daughter to kill as an adult.
Anger stemming from being abused as a child drives an alcoholic's daughter to kill as an adult.
A viscous whirlpool of nautical-themed alcoholism, father-daughter sexual abuse, seaside dive bars, prescription drugs, echoplexed castration-murder, the LA Rams, walk-in tattoo appointments, bad tv, The Little Mermaid, z-grade 70's Melodrama, severe mental illness totally overdriven to top-echelon bonker-ness in an era of supreme psychosexual bonker-ness, this yarn unravels and unravels until probably the most bonkers of them all. Weirdly entirely of its time and out of all times that are, there is nothing like 'The Witch Who Came From The Sea', now or ever again. Like if the oyster crackers turned out to be quaaludes, and it all started to go dark...
What in the hell did I just watch? Did that really happen? You can keep your Serbian Film and Human Centipede because The Witch Who Came From the Sea is a PERFECT example of how a shockingly-disgusting story should unfold on screen. Incestuous childhood abuse is never an easy pill to swallow but it goes down a bit easier when there's fantastic writing, acting, sound and camera-work. A hallucinogenic look at Molly the Mermaid. Definitely art-house friendly.
Well ya know if there’s anything better than watching a surreal 70’s horror jam, it’s watching another one the same evening, amiright?
I watch most of these movies and really have no idea how they came to exist. Like, how did these movies get dreamed up because they had to have been dreamed, through either sleep or drugs or both, but there is no way that these surreal 70’s horror jams got written on nothing more than a venti mocha with no whip because all the whipping cartridges were inhaled by people writing movies like this do you know what I’m saying here?
Actually, the base plot line is pretty simple and has nothing to do with witches rising out…
This is one of the many films on the Video Nasty list that makes you question why it's actually on there? The Witch Who Came from the Sea is a grimey seventies flick, but it is lacking in any shocking gore scenes. Instead, we get a drama focusing on a young women, who suffered childhood trauma, which is now manifesting in her adult life. Millie Perkins takes the lead role and is really good in it. The film moves in a relaxed way and is very involving. The very dark themes just kind of wash over you gently, which just makes it even darker if anything! The film is rich with symbolism - Venus, mermaids, the ocean etc - but…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
CW: abuse/rape, incest, suicide
It's not as inevitable as this makes it seem. We don't have to beg for mercy in the form of a sleeping pill just to escape our traumas. There is healing in this world. It would not be an effective horror film, perhaps, if it acknowledged that, but none-the-less, it bears saying. The horror here is in Oedipal rape, not in the gruesome murders that Molly commits. Her own pain is far worse than the destruction she creates. The horror is that she is clearly still capable of love, yet her hope is all gone away. The horror is that she never escapes the pain. The horror is in the kisses at the end, as life slides away from her grasp.
October count: 14/31
June Horror 2020, Day 9, challenge #2 - Paul D makes some pretty good lists and I've always enjoyed his reviews, so let's watch something from his Kicked in the Balls list
"You're a far out broad!" - the 70s
This opens with ominous psycho music over speedo crotch bulges, SOLD! I guess it was Moody 70s Witch Night up here in Casa Cupcake but really, when isn't it. Spoiler tho, while this is Moody with a capital M and 70s with a capital 70s, this is not a witch movie. It's not bad, it's just less psycho-dreamy and more depressing AF. There is no witch rising from the sea with a head in one hand and scythe of justice…
Almost an inversion of the typical psychokiller movie where a male antagonist oggles female bodies and associates sex with death due to some traumatic childhood experience, but this peculiar Matt Cimber project doubles down on selling the trauma and gets deeper into the weird personality defects that result (including the occasional homicide) in the female protagonist. It's also frightfully absurd and funny, which saves it from being a feel bad slog. Doris (Peggy Feury) the sassy barmaid, in particular, is always a hoot when she's on screen, as is the character with a twitchy eye named Jack Dracula ("that's my real name"). Keep your guard up, though, it'll turn from silly to spine chilling in an instant.
"Buck" Flower report: does not play a bum or a redneck!
The reputation this movie has really does it a huge disservice. Going off the cover art, the censorship issues it had, and the reputation of the whole thing, I was expecting some grade-A schlock. This is totally the opposite. A thought provoking story of child abuse, sexual abuse, and a deep look at the P.T.S.D. that follows. All of this is filmed with a calm and controlled hand, not made to shock, and with an amazing dream-like cinematography. Sure, there are some killings throughout, but nothing I would call explicit. The way this movie got demonized and censored is a crying shame.
Millie Perkins plays Molly, the victim of a abusive, rapist father. The majority of the…
Print was beat to hell with audio issues but I'm perversely inclined to be even more generous with my rating given that this is theoretically even more powerful in a more optimal form - as is, I was straight-up entranced, finding this almost completely lacking in the usual slow, draggy portions that often plague art-damaged sexplodramas like this one. That might be because it's an expressionistic exercise told from the protagonist's splintered perspective, and Millie Perkins is a true elemental force inhabiting that protagonist. I'd watch this again tomorrow.
Finally the art house, rape, revenge, cutting dicks off movie the world has been waiting for.
Mondo Cinema out....
Matt Cimber and Millie Perkins were up to some next level shit in this. Her performance is so oddly mannered, so bizarre, that I legitimately can’t tell whether it is incompetence or choice. But given Perkins’s pedigree, I have to assume the latter. Fearless and weird, totally unique.
Daily Horror Scavenger Hunt 7 – January 2019 Day 7: Any horror film with six or more words in the title.
I'll admit that I laughed a couple of times while watching this, mostly in the beginning, but I felt rather uncomfortable doing it because I knew what this movie was about. The dialog is weird and feels like it was snippets of poems at times. There's a certain beauty to this movie and it's rundown seaside setting, but once again it also felt so very sad. A kind of drugged out dream. I wasn't absolutely sure if the things that were happening were always actually real or just a figment from the imagination of a broken woman. I "enjoyed" this movie, I guess. I mean I loved it, but maybe "enjoyed" isn't quite the right word.
The writing completely bricks me off from enjoying this movie. Almost all of the dialogue is just terrible and Molly's trance-like monotone delivery makes it even more difficult to get into the action on the screen. Would have been better with 100% more scythes.
now this is my kind of fairy tale
The emotional trauma feels so real that this ridiculous film carries more weight that it deserves.
What an enigma. A really stirring enigma. Here’s a film that’s about a brutal spree killer that 1) isn’t horror or even a thriller really, 2) played almost completely straight yet also very somber and still having a weird sense of humor and 3) genuinely empathetic towards the protagonist/killer.
This is a killer who’s suffered something nightmarish (one early closet reveal legitimately disturbed me; simple is so much better). She is as much a victim as her victims. Millie Perkins really nails her role. Molly is totally traumatized, completely fractured. It’s amazing to see the film unfold in a way that so matter-of-factly depicts (but does *not* endorse) her actions and their psychological causes and effects. It’s all so ghastly…
“do you shave with straight razors? or is this going to be agonizingly slow?“
“...shit, this’ll take forever”
a fuckn trip
Exploitation with arthouse & XXX influences. Intimate portrait of BPD and female psychopathy made worse by the dark side of Western "women's liberation". Tarantino wishes he could write like this.
A hell of a horror film that ought to be more well known! In part cause Millie Perkins is pretty electric the whole way through. Parts of her madness seem all over the place, but it certainly keeps you on your toes. That and some world class kills including dick razoring! NOW HOWS THAT FOR YOUR TUESDAY MORNING?! It does lose some steam by the finale. It kind of runs out of shocking reveals and lowers back into more of a personal, psychological drama. Not a big issue, but it does feel a touch blunted for how fairly hardcore the rest of the film is.
Molly the mermaid isn’t quite all there. An abusive childhood, alcohol, drugs and promiscuous sex has made her slightly insane and now she is slicing off men’s twigs and berries. This was part of American horror project from arrow and is psychological horror Made off the beaten path.
Part exploitation film, part heartbreaking tragedy. Beautiful cinematography and an off season view of Southern California. An unexpected gem
More interestingly odd/different than it is a great film but those type of films tend to be more hits than misses with me anyways so I.e. this was a hit with me 👍
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