Director Jim Wynorski is responsible for several “guilty pleasure” films I’ve enjoyed over the years. These are films you don’t want to tell people you like, and the titles include CHOPPING MALL, DINOCROC VS. SUPERGATOR, and GILA!. The fine folks at Synapse Films and CAV Distribution found another title to add to my list: SORCERESS. I’d never heard of the film before, but I have to admit it’s an obscure gem. Chocked full of witchcraft and nudity, this is a film you won’t soon forget!
If you are not familiar with SORCERESS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Synapse Films and CAV Distribution:
Larry Barnes (Larry Poindexter) is on the fast track to a partnership in a prestigious law firm, and his sexy witch wife Erica (Julie Strain, HEAVY METAL 2000) will do anything to keep her husband happy. But Erica makes a fatal mistake when she tries to kill Larry’s main competition for the partnership, Howard Reynolds (Edward Albert, GALAXY OF TERROR). With Howard now crippled for life from Erica’s dark magic, his wife Amelia (Linda Blair, THE EXORCIST) plots her revenge. Using witchcraft and a mystical medallion, Amelia tries to destroy everyone and everything in Larry’s life!
All the pleasures of the flesh and malevolence of black magic collide in this newly remastered and uncensored version of Jim Wynorski’s SORCERESS (aka TEMPTRESS). Presented for the first time ever from a new 2K scan of the original uncut film element, this release features additional footage and additional nudity removed from the original release.
Before I go any further, I have to tell you: this is not really a horror film. It’s more like a revenge-flick (un)dressed like a horror-thriller. But regardless, it’s still a lot of fun. Just don’t go into it expecting a serious movie. It’s very tongue-in-check, particularly because it feels like something Cinemax would show after the kids go to bed.
SORCERESS looks good onscreen, particularly for being 20 years old. The HD restoration for the Blu-ray looks great, and the sound quality is nice as well.
The acting is mediocre, but it really doesn’t have to be good to enjoy the film; the “scenery” makes up for the lack of talent. Granted, better acting might have lent more seriousness to the subject matter, but I’m not sure if it would have made a difference to the movie as whole. This isn’t really a negative for me, but I imagine many viewers will want more substance.
The story is intriguing (albeit a bit weak), and it kept my attention for the duration of the film. Interestingly, despite the movie’s intentions, there’s not much tension in the air. This is probably due in part to the massive amount of flesh that is shown in every other scene. I’m not complaining, but I will confess it certainly distracts from the storyline. Thankfully, it’s not a detraction from the film.
SORCERESS is a big win for me, and I recommend giving it a look. Obviously, you might want to hire a sitter or at least make sure the kids are in bed before you start it. But the film offers a lot of fun, and it might even spice up a marriage or two. It hits store shelves next week, so make a note.