Salvation Films // 1972 // 87 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Appellate Judge Tom Becker // August 8th, 2008
Her lust was innocence...her desires...EVIL!
Lovely Christine (Ann Michelle, House of Whipcord) wants to be a model, and fate (or something like it) brings her to the office of Sybil Waite, a model's rep with an eye for the ladies. Sybil invites Christine to a photo shoot at a beautiful British country estate, and Christine brings along her sister, Betty (Vicki Michelle, Ann's real-life sibling). Although Sybil keeps a hawkish gaze on Christine, she falls for the bony charms of emaciated photographer Peter (James Chase), and soon all hell is breaking loose.
You see, this isn't really a photo-shoot weekend in the country; it's a photo-shoot week end in the country with a coven of horny witches! Before this week end is done, the sisters -- and, by extension, the audience -- will be subjected to naked rituals, a lusty hetero-homo tug-of-war, and, in the words of cinedelica.com (and reprinted on the DVD case and on the menu screen), "a wild orgy of dancing and sex." (The complete quote actually finishes with "...that's often more funny than sexy.")
Evidently, there was a lot of interest in the occult in the 1970s, and as near as I can figure, it was mainly an insidious heterosexual plot designed to keep young people from experimenting with same-sex couplings. We had Simon, King of Witches, in which gay people are mocked and used as guinea pigs for occult experimentation; Satan's Children, in which gay people are mocked and crucified; and here's Virgin Witch, a film that looks to be a sexy, supernatural lesbian romp, but ends up with its gay character being mocked and ritually killed. Other than a rather chaste girl-on-girl kiss and a few seconds of shoulder stroking, this is a pretty lesbian unfriendly movie.
It's also plot unfriendly, logic unfriendly, scare unfriendly, and, except for the Michelle sisters, attractive naked people unfriendly.
Virgin Witch exists only as a showcase for the Michelle sisters' breasts, and as such, it works just fine. As wannabe model Christine, sister Ann's breasts get the lion's share of screen time, though sister Vicki is no slouch and provides the only "full frontal" moment. Both sisters (separately) have sex during a ritual in front of a bunch of people wearing bathrobes, one with a yucky older guy, the other with a yucky younger guy. This is how they are "initiated" into witch world, after which the other witches doff their bathrobes and frug naked.
That's pretty much it. There are a few half-baked efforts to overlay a plot on this -- apparently, Christine has "witch" in her blood, so she competes with Sybil to be coven leader, and of course, everyone wants to sleep with her -- but these really go nowhere. The big selling point -- the promise of a little action between sisters -- is a complete fizzle; fie on the Internet Movie Database for misleadingly listing "Lesbian Twins," "Lesbian Incest," and "Lesbian Twins Incest" among the plot keywords for this.
The presentation here is far from great. While the image looks good, the audio is poor. This might have been a problem with the source material -- how well you can hear the characters seems to be tied to where they are on screen. It's like an early talkie, as though there are microphones planted here and there and no post-production sound mix. The lack of subtitles is, therefore, a problem -- at first, anyway. Eventually, you realize that the dialogue is largely a meaningless way to fill time between the Michelle sisters' top dropping. Extras consist of a trailer for Virgin Witch, some posters (not including the one linked under Accomplices), and some stills of the naked actors.
Maybe "back in the day," before naked women were merely a mouse-click or cable channel away, movies like this had some purpose. Virgin Witch was marketed as a trippy little sex show, and I guess at the time, for those who'd just become old enough to see an "R"-rated movie, this might have been a low-tiered seminal experience. Now, it's just a bust.
Guilty. Burn 'em, Dano.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Salvation Films
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Release Year: 1972
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Stills and Poster Galleries
* Virgin Witch Poster
* Cinedelica.com Review
* DVD Verdict Review - Simon, King of Witches
* DVD Verdict Review - Satan's Children