The Witches’ Mountain

February 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm (3 Heads, Witches' Mountain) (, )

The Witches’ Mountain – 1975 – Spain

In the first scene of The Witches’ Mountain, a woman returns to her house and discovers something amiss. One of her wigs has been cut up, a doll has been impaled, and her cat has been killed. It’s the work of a little girl (maybe the woman’s daughter) and her pet snake. The woman then lights the bratty girl on fire. This scene is mostly unrelated to the rest of the film.

A photographer breaks up with his girlfriend (the woman in the first scene) and takes a trip to the mountains where he meets a beautiful new girlfriend. The photographer and his girlfriend stay in a decrepit mountain village occupied by a single old lady. Roaming through the woods is a coven of witches who kidnap the travelers and abuse them in magic rituals.

It’s hard to tell what the hell Witches’ Mountain is actually about. There is a voodoo doll, a cat that transforms into a woman, ghostly figures that only appear in photos, a feral man chained up in cave, and lots of fog. All of the characters behave erratically and suspiciously. The commonly available English version of the film is heavily edited and whole scenes seem to be missing.

If nothing else, Witches’ Mountain is at least atmospheric. Its disjointed editing and slow pacing create a spooky dream-like atmosphere, and the locations are great. The mountains are majestic yet gloomy and the interior locations are very rustic. The film’s discordant choral music is notable.

Rating: 3/10 Shrunken Heads. The protagonist of Witches’ Mountain is manly and handsome. He has a huge mustache, smokes all the time, and his girlfriend is a babe. He also has a cool portable darkroom.

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