She Bears the… – Mark of the Witch (1970)

As the film opens, it finds a witch about to be executed but not before giving a speech to all those before her and it is the perfect indication of what is about to happen throughout the movie as there is far more talk than action. It is, to put it bluntly, overlong and quite boring. Very little happens to make it even somewhat exciting and just when viewers are teased into thinking that something of note might unfold, it does not and just leads to more disappointment.

The film is not a complete loss as some of the acting is decent and it is somewhat intriguing to see and listen to the local lingo and people of the time, but other than a lot of talking, some ranting and a little bit of chanting, there is little to interest the viewer. There is even some doubt throughout the movie as to whether the witch in question is actually a witch and while that does lend a wee bit of mystery to the entire story, it is not enough to save it from drowning in its own excessive padding.

The main thing this movie suffers from is a lack of horror in any form whatsoever and when watching a film called Mark of the Witch, horror is what one would expect to see – what one wants to see. Altogether it is cheesy, tedious and one of the few movies of low budget that actually turns out to be bad and not in a good way.

1 out of 5

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