May 14, 2015

The Witch (1966)

Sometimes having only a very blurry print of an old movie is a good thing. There's animal cruelty involved in "The Witch", plus it's not a very good movie anyway. But there are cats in it. They're hard to see cats, for sure, but at least you can hear them a lot.

When Aura (Rosanna Schiaffino) sees that local cats (including a Siamese) have invaded the greenhouse, she's not exactly happy. Claiming that the cats will destroy the precious herbs growing there, Aura incites historian Sergio Logan (Richard Johnson) to chase them away.

Not feeling particularly energetic, Logan chooses to throw stones at the cats until they scatter. One flees to safety by jumping back through a hole in the wall.

Later on, Logan discovers a dead cat. He then realises and is slightly perturbed to learn that Consuelo Lorente (Sarah Ferrati) and her "daughter" Aura have been snaring cats to kill them.

At this point, there is no need to watch any more of this painfully slow and dated Italian drivel. The rest of the story doesn't make a whole lot of sense anyway.

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