The Love Witch (2016) dir. Anna Biller Elaine (Samantha Robinson) is a witch, after an unfortunate incident where she kinda killed her ex-husband, she leaves San Francisco and goes north to Eureka, California, where she has rented an apartment from a fellow witch. Elaine is deeply into love magic, which she believes can help her get a man who will stay with her. She wants nothing more than a man. She has her theories about how to get a man, and it mainly involves giving him everything he wants, which she says is mostly sex. The unfortunate thing is that all the men she meets and gets involved with, tends to end up dead. The Love Witch has a wonderful late 60s-early 70s aestethic to it. But it's not set in that time period, it's sorta contemporary, there's mobile phones and modern cars. But clothing and sets are often build in this style which evokes feelings of the late 60s-early 70s time period, and the whole witches thing is a sorta free spirited hippie kind of ordeal. There's a great little scene in the beginning of the film where Elaine rolls up to her new apartment in a beautiful 60s Mustang cabriolet, and Trish comes in a modern car, and it sets up this whole weird blend of old and modern. The movie is called a horror, but it's not, there's no real horror elements in it, but it borrows some horror aestethics sometimes. The movie is a blend of many things , there's some sexploitation influences in it, and a weird marriage sequenec which seems like something out The Wicker Man. There's also the police subplot, which seems like something out of a bad police procedual. This seems something that should never work, but credit to Anna Biller, because she definitely has a vision for this film, and she pulls it off perfectly. Biller directed, wrote, produced, made the music, edited, did production design, art direction, set decoration and costume design. It's quite clear when watching The Love Witch, that nothing in this movie is by accident, every little detail in sets, costumes, everything, is exactly as Anna Biller wants it. And I quite like what she has done with it. The Love Witch is a trip, but a fun trip. I'm not sure if Anna Biller would appreciate me calling the movie camp, but I think the movie certainly has fun with itself, both it's subject matter, but also the visual style and the style of acting, which always seems to be just slightly off in a way that seems to show how the movie is aware of itself. I'm not sure there's too many movies being made which can be called feminist comedies, but The Love Witch is one of them. The movie subverts the traditional gender roles often presented in mainstream films. Elaine is the typical Hollywood love interest as written by a man, who has no idea that women possess selfdetermination. She exists to give men sex when they desire it, look pretty, and otherwise stay out of their business. She also spends a significant amount of the movie naked, much to the delight of men in the movie. Contrary to the traditional Hollywood movie, the men in The Love Witch don't just experience pleasure when they get involved with Elaine. Being with her leads to eventual pain, suffering, and death. There's not a lot movies being made which are anything like The Love Witch. It may not go down as an all time great, but it deserves to go down as a cult classic. I sure thought it was fun.