Witching and Bitching

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“A riotous, gory farce that might be the funniest movie of the summer, and surely the coolest.” – Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“A swift, dark and nasty horror comedy that occasionally dances into territory deemed taboo by American filmmakers.” – Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

“Álex de la Iglesia’s splatter-comedy Witching & Bitching projectile pukes its outrages at you with a gusto recalling the early days of those (sadly) reformed upchuckers Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson.” – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice


The latest bonkers genre flick from Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus) is a riotous battle of the sexes horror comedy featuring a coven of bloodthirsty witches who are just dying to exact supernatural revenge on behalf of all women. In Witching and Bitching, a group of costumed characters - including Jesus, the Invisible Man, and Minnie Mouse - stage a daring daytime robbery of a Cash-for-Gold shop in the middle of a busy Madrid marketplace. Soon, Spongebob Squarepants is lying in a puddle of his own blood, the cops are in pursuit, and this gang of hapless criminals must find sanctuary. They hide out in the creepy mountain village of Zugarramurdi, which happens to be controlled by a coven of cracked witches. Thus begins the ultimate battle of the sexes, culminating in a centuries-old ritual that requires young, male sacrifices … and maybe a little cannibalism. This non-stop cinematic roller coaster from Álex de la Iglesia, Spain's master of gonzo filmmaking, is a hilariously tasteless mix of screwball comedy, high-tension action, and blood-soaked gore. With a cast that includes Hugo Silva (I’m So Excited!), Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), and Terele Pávez (The Day of the Beast) in a Goya-winning performance as the creepy coven's grande dame, Witching and Bitching careens from one unbelievable set piece to the next, propelled by outlandish special effects, ending in a magnificently jaw-dropping, and totally bonkers, climax filled with monsters, mayhem and bad taste comedy. Grab your iron dentures and sharpened utensils. Dinner is served. (Dir. by Álex de la Iglesia, 2014, Spain, in Spanish with subtitles, 112 mins., Not Rated, IFC Midnight) Digital



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