by Alejandra Gonzales
It’s the mundane things we overlook: peanut butter and jelly, a good movie and buttered popcorn, tricks and treats, and my newest discovery, Anna Biller’s The Love Witch and George Romero’s Season of the Witch. Romero’s hidden treasure, being the elder in this relationship (1973 versus 2016, but age ain't nothing but a number), offers plenty of visual and thematic inspiration for The Love Witch without being direct imitations of each other. It makes these a double-feature match made in Heaven...or Hell, really.
Because of its over-acting and surreal imagery, The Love Witch feels like Season of the Witch’s cheeky, more satirical lover. While their perspectives are the same, they convey their opinions differently. The Love Witch adopts a light-hearted sense of humor on the outside until you really get to know what’s going on underneath the surface. Season of the Witch is slightly stern and asks to be taken more seriously, but still knows how to have a good time. The Love Witch is also much younger but fosters an old soul in its style. Its awe-inspiring imagery is made up of highly saturated colors dancing on the screen in the form of costumes and décor; it is not only reminiscent of dreams, but of the genre itself in the '70s. Still, because of the technology presented in the movie, The Love Witch doesn’t pretend to be set in the decade. It makes the stylistic similarities more of a love letter to Season of the Witch and other movies like it. Both movies create an atmosphere that oozes feminine energy without being something only women would enjoy. Everyone will be able to appreciate the wit driven dialogue and the character depth in each movie, as it makes them both super entertaining and engaging. This dynamic sets up for an explosive chemistry that will leave viewers under their love spells for a long time afterward.
When they met, it was lust at first sight, Season of the Witch seeing a lot of itself in the vibrant and whimsical atmosphere developed in The Love Witch. A deeper connection was found in the similar principles and attitudes toward womanhood that both movies explore. Despite their age difference, these two are ideal together, and will likely not be seen without each other for some time. I sincerely hope that the love story between Season of the Witch and The Love Witch is one that is shared for a long time and has the ability to sway the non-believers.