The Witch Who Came From the Sea [DVD] [1976]

  • SKU: 22158703
  • Release Date: 05/20/2014
  • Rating: R
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Special Features

  • Original uncut theatrical version
  • Commentary with director Matt Cimber, Millie Perkins and cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • Featurette


The Witch Who Came From the Sea
Two interesting figures in offbeat cinema -- director Matt Cimber (who was married to Jayne Mansfield and directed her final film before going on to a handful of expressive blaxploitation efforts) and screenwriter Robert Thom (who wrote Wild in the Streets and Bloody Mama) -- teamed up for this unusual portrait of one woman's descent into madness. Molly (Millie Perkins) is a woman who is haunted by vivid memories of abuse and molestation at the hands of her father, who was a ship's captain; now middle-aged, Molly is obsessed by the ocean and images associated with pirates and sailing lore, which fill her with both fascination and loathing. Molly dotes on her young nephews (Jean Pierre Camps and Mark Livingston) and often spins tall tales for them in which her father is a noble hero, but her sister, Cathy (Vanessa Brown), is not comfortable with her presence, and soon the boys are old enough to spend their time elsewhere. Single and lonely, Molly longs for a man, and is openly attracted to strong, burly types, but at the same time she bears a deep hatred for them, and sometimes murders and dismembers the men she lures into her home. However, given Molly's penchant for fantasy, how much of her story is real, and how much is the product of her twisted imagination? Shot in 1971 but not released until 1976, The Witch Who Came From the Sea was one of the first feature films for cinematographer Dean Cundey, who later went on to work with Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Millie Perkins
    Millie Perkins - Molly
  • Lonny Chapman
    Lonny Chapman
  • Vanessa Brown
    Vanessa Brown
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    George "Buck" Flower
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    Richard Kennedy

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    witchy woman


    i'm not sure if this was really meant to be a horror film per se but it's definitely more disturbing than even some of the most twisted ones you can find online. millie perkins gave a nearly pitch perfect performance here in this cult film which will startle even the most jaded viewers. while the film isn't overly graphic for the most part, we do get a dark impression that our young woman isn't completely sane when hear her own frabrications regarding her supposedly long-lost father which she recalls as easily as she breathes. viewers will also cringe at the mere suggestion of molly's serious attraction to muscular men & her ultimate fasciantion with razor blades. no, this is not a fantasy/sci-fi film either. witch who came from the sea evidently had a popular run back in the vhs day & subversive did an awesome job cleaning this one up for those of us who were to too young to enjoy it in the theatres or to have noticed it on the video store shelves. anyone who has a acquired taste in the quirky but disturbing films of the seventies will want to own a copy of this. at first, i hated this film & was angry with myself for having purchased but it actualyl gets better each time i see it & now i rank it with some of the best films i'v ever come across. see this one before it goes out of print.

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