Witches' Brew (film)

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Witches' Brew
Witches' Brew cover.jpg
Produced by Donna Ashbrook
Jack Bean
(executive producer)
W.L. Zeltonoga (supervising producer)
Music by John Carl Parker
Cinematography Norman Gerard
Edited by Herbert L. Strock
Release dates
October 31, 1980
Running time
98 min.
Country United States
Language English

Witches' Brew (also known as Which Witch Is Which?) is a 1980 horror comedy film directed by Herbert L. Strock (additional sequences) and Richard Shorr who co-wrote screenplay with Syd Dutton. It was based (though without any screen credit) on Fritz Leiber Jr.'s novel Conjure Wife. Witches Brew is notable for being the final feature film appearance of Lana Turner.

Plot[edit]

As in earlier film versions of Leiber's story such as Weird Woman (1944) and Night of the Eagle (1962), the story is set around a college campus where rivalries for various chairmanships of faculties take place. While the script's touch is notably lighter than in earlier film versions, verging on comedic in places, the story is basically the same.

Several of the wives practice witchcraft in order to advance their husbands' careers. Joshua Lightman (Richard Benjamin) does not believe that his wife Margaret's spells and hocus-pocus have been helping her, and makes her cease practising witchcraft. Immediately things begin to go wrong for Lightman. he cuts himself shaving; he is accused by a male student of having accosted him (which loses him the chairmanship of the psychology department); and a disgruntled female student tries to kill him by sniping with a rifle from the college rooftop. Meanwhile, Vivian Cross (Lana Turner) is controlling several of the other wives via a sculpture of an egg (modeled on a demonic witches' egg they find in a book on witchcraft) in which a being is hatched. This winged creatures whose eyes shoot green flames chases Joshua's car and nearly kills him before Vivian destroys it via her magic. Vivian, who is close to death, then hatches a plot to trade bodies with Margaret. Margaret is sent driving off a pier in her car; but Joshua uses magic to save her. Vivian succeeds in swapping souls with Margaret, but the tables are turned on her; Vivian is destroyed and Margaret is returned to her own body and starts practicing witchcraft again to help Joshua.

Cast[edit]

Other versions[edit]

Filmed in 1944 as Weird Woman starring Lon Chaney Jr.; and as the 1962 film Night of the Eagle (aka Burn Witch Burn! starring Peter Wyngarde and Janet Blair.

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