Two Witches: Review
Two Witches: Review. By Joe Muldoon.
Why is it that young adults in horror movies seem to think that consulting Ouija boards will do anything positive to help with their supernatural troubles? In the first segment of Pierre Tsigaridis’ creepy two-parter (and full-length directorial debut), ‘The Boogeywoman’, a young couple sit down for a meal together in a nice restaurant. Sarah (Belle Adams) notices a woman (Marina Parodi) sitting across from them, a sinister scowl upon her face. Sarah’s partner Simon (Ian Michaels) is oblivious, and brushes her off when Sarah airs her concerns about possibly having had the evil eye put upon her. Vivid and unpleasant hallucinations follow, and mostly fall upon deaf and sceptical ears when mentioned to Simon.
The pair later visit Simon’s friends, Dustin (Tim Fox) and Melissa (Dina Silva), the latter of whom makes her living as a psychic healer. A Ouija board is soon consulted as part of the healing process, and as has become inevitable in horror, a member of the group (Dustin) takes the ceremony wholly unseriously, much to the annoyance of Melissa and upset of Sarah. Strange happenings and some admittedly bloodcurdling imagery ensue – special props to the makeup department for their efforts here.
In the second (much longer) segment, ‘Masha’, a young woman (Rebekah Kennedy, her character being the namesake of her respective segment) tightly strangles a man during sex. Before rendering him unconscious (or dead), the man punches her in the face, and is subsequently kicked out of the house by Masha’s housemate, Rachel (Kristina Klebe). Far from being the victim in this situation, Masha reveals to Rachel that she’s a witch, and is due to inherit her grandmother’s powers upon her death.
Though this segment is slow to properly get going, Masha’s instability and unpredictable malevolence gradually leads to some rather unpleasant consequences. The second segment being the strongest of the two, its link to its precursor is eventually revealed, and unexpectedly – excuse the pun – spells trouble for Masha.
Two Witches is overall an enjoyable low-budget horror, and its Raimi-esque influences make for quite a pleasant semi-tribute, the special effects and makeup often resembling Tom Sullivan’s work in the Evil Dead series. Decent enough though the story is, the film’s shining light is its special effects and makeup showcase. With hints towards a sequel, it will be interesting to see how the prospective next chapter could unfold.
By Joe Muldoon
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