Witching and Bitching

DONT BLINK discs

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Don’t Blink A group of friends head to a remote cabin for a vacation, but before they can even get settled inside they begin to notice things are not as they seem. The surrounding woods are devoid of birds and wildlife, the lake has frozen over catching a fishing boat in its center and all of the nearby cabins are empty of people as well. Food is on tables, cars are still running and they even find a bottle of warm baby milk. The situation intensifies as they start disappearing too, one by one, whenever one of them is out of sight of the rest. You’d be forgiven for thinking this direct to DVD thriller was a slight affair not worth your time — after all, the names above the title are Brian Austin Green and Mena Suvari — but I’m here to say it’s actually a well acted/shot and frequently suspenseful mystery. It’s smartly constructed too with believable characters and reactions. It wobbles a bit at the end with something of a cheat, but it remains a satisfying experience. To be clear, its selection as the Pick of the Week doesn’t make it the best release of the week (that would be X-Men: Days of Future Past), but I think it’s a cool little movie deserving of a few more eyeballs. [DVD extras: None]

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Witching and Bitching

The last time we met director Alex de la Iglesia at Fantastic Fest, he was telling us that in order to enjoy life, you have to be a bad person. He said as much prior to introducing his eccentric, wonderfully crafted film The Last Circus in 2010. It was full of astounding performances, striking visuals and an unnerving political relevance. Since then, he’s been working on a film called Witching and Bitching, which debuted at this year’s festival to equal measures of madness. It’s nice to know that he’s still crazy and still making wonderfully entertaining films.

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Brujas de Zugarramurdi

Jesus Christ with a shotgun. A cave filled with riotous witches. Whatever that thing is that’s reaching out from the toilet. If there’s anyone carrying the torch for Alejandro Jodorowsky, it’s Alex De La Iglesia. The bizarre and wonderful director is back with a new action comedy that features a group of thieves being hunted by some vicious witches. It’s getting called Witching and Bitching, but it’s original name, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, is a million times better. Plus, Zugarramurdi is the site in northern Spain where the infamous Basque witch trials took place so it all fits. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition, so it’s a lot like De La Iglesia’s work. Check out this hardcore trailer for yourself:

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