Film #296: MARK OF THE WITCH / THE BRIDES WORE BLOOD
Mark of the Witch / The Brides Wore Blood
1 out of 5 stars
Let’s start at the beginning… with MARK OF THE WITCH. Severely dated and not exceptionally good “possession by a witch’s spirit” flick from 1970 directed by Tom Moore (‘Night, Mother). At her job in a book store, a girl finds an old book with spells and incantations. Later, she goes to a party held by a teacher (who happens to be leading a group on witchcraft). She breaks out the book and, before you can say, “Hey, let’s summon a witch!”… they summon a witch! Now possessed, the girl begins killing her schoolmates one-by-one amidst long monologues and senseless witch-inspired silliness. The film is, in a word, pretty boring and the acting is pretty much “college theater program” level. To make matters worse, the print I saw was choppy, marred by scratches, and with sketchy sound. All in all, MARK OF THE WITCH is an innocuous time-waster with little going for it other than as an example of the types of films being made at the time. Ok, so… The Brides Wore Blood. Directed by Bob Favorite in 1972, this pile of crap is notable for displaying the craziest sideburns in cinema. There’s not much to say about this except that it’s badly written, ineptly directed, and acted with all the aplomb of a surveillance video. The story has something to do with a family curse which turns young men into vampires… or something like that. The film is boring, silly, and ridiculously over-wrought. For some reason, there’s a collection of short films by Fred Olen Ray included on the disc which, believe it or not, are the highpoint of this disc. Why? Well, they feature a very young – and very naked – Brinke Stevens,which is, y’know… a plus. Rentable as something to put on while you do the dishes… and for the Brinke Stevens footage… but not much else.