WITCHES’ BREW (1980)
Article 4748 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Richard Shorr and Herbert L. Strock
Featuring Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin, Lana Turner
What it is: Lame comedy horror
A psychology professor is helped along in his career by his wife, who practices witchcraft. When he decides to dispose of all of the charms that have been protecting him, he finds that his luck has run out… and that the door has been opened to a great horror.
Now, let’s see here…we have witches helping their husbands further there careers in the world of academia. If that doesn’t strike a familiar chord, then you haven’t seen WEIRD WOMAN or NIGHT OF THE EAGLE, and you haven’t read the novel on which both of them were based – Fritz Lieber’s “Conjure Wife”. Regrettably, I have yet to read the Lieber novel, but I can say that the other two movies based on the book are superior to this uncredited take on the tale. I don’t blame the actors; they’re doing the best they can with what they’ve been given to work with. It’s the clumsy, laughless, muddled script that is the worst offender here, though it’s abetted by lackluster and uninspired direction as well. Reportedly, the movie had been finished two years earlier as WHICH WITCH IS WHICH?, and then was reedited with new footage; I don’t know who shot which footage, but there’s not much here worth keeping. About the best thing I can say about this one is that the last third of the movie works better than the first two-thirds, but that’s largely because the movie stops trying to be a comedy at that point. This one is forgettable.