‘Virgin Witch’ Blu-ray Review: Banned in the UK, Now Banned in My Living Room

Posted by John Gholson - March 26th 2012 @ 10:30 am

"SHE FANCIES BIRDS!"For a little while, I was fascinated by Mill Creek Entertainment’s 12-in-1 DVD horror sets. The movies were, by and large, pretty terrible, but every now and then, you’d come across one that had just enough production value and narrative interest to compel you to actually finish it. Those watchable films were rare. If you know what I’m talking about, then you’ll understand when I say that Virgin Witch is like one of the better movies in a Mill Creek set. Which is to say, it’s terrible.

Real-life sisters Ann Michelle and Vicki Michelle play a couple of wannabe models who fall under the spell of a lesbian modeling agent and are quickly seduced into her coven of witches. One of the sisters is especially attractive to the witches, her being a virgin and them needing a virgin for their ritual, but they don’t count on her burgeoning psychic powers to throw a kink into their plans.

But let’s be honest, the plot is barely there. The movie seems to exist solely for the Michelle sisters to walk around topless for 88 minutes. This really stretches the definition of horror, because unless you’re deathly terrified of nipples, Virgin Witch is a complete snooze as a horror flick. No amount of shots that begin with a close-up and suddenly zoom out can salvage it, no matter what director Ray Austin might think.

So, why the fancy Blu-ray treatment from Kino Lorber? Virgin Witch probably means more to British audiences for a number of reasons. One, star Vicki Michelle went on to have a pretty successful career across the pond, and this is a good chance to see her with no clothes on A LOT. Secondly, the film has some notoriety for being rejected outright by the British Censor in 1971, then allowed an X-rating and a limited release. Most saw the film in its 1972 version which was cut even further for general release. I, for one, applaud the British Censor for their original decision, attempting to spare their country from such a bore.

Kino Lorber has done their usual outstanding restoration job on the transfer. In particular, the color red pops every time it’s on screen, but colors and contrast are typically strong across the board. The disc is virtually feature free (just a trailer and some stills), and the spine is numbered with a 7, to sit alongside the previous six releases under the “Redemption” horror label.

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