Hungry Wives

  • 1973
  • 2 HR 10 MIN
  • R
  • Horror

One of the most problematic entries in George Romero's filmography, this somewhat haphazard affair combines witchcraft, feminism, and suburban angst into a creepy whole that is fascinating but not quite successful. White is a bored middle-aged housewife whose marriage to her uncommunicative businessman husband, Thunhurst, is on the verge of collapse. Watching...read more

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One of the most problematic entries in George Romero's filmography, this somewhat haphazard affair combines witchcraft, feminism, and suburban angst into a creepy whole that is fascinating but not quite successful. White is a bored middle-aged housewife whose marriage to her uncommunicative

businessman husband, Thunhurst, is on the verge of collapse. Watching her daughter, McClain, blossom into womanhood and lead an active sex life further frustrates White, who begins to retreat into a bizarre fantasy world. While visiting a local witch for a Tarot reading, she becomes intrigued by

the occult and buys a copy of How to Become a Witch, A Primer. Finding herself attracted to her daughter's young college professor, she conjures up a spell to attract him, and soon the two are engaged in an affair. Believing that she has become a witch, White sinks deeper and deeper into her new

life until the line between fantasy and reality blurs and tragedy results. Working from one of his most interesting scripts, Romero shot this ultra-low-budget effort in 16mm and later blew it up to 35mm. But although he had worked wonders with little money before, such is not the case here. The

production looks and sounds terribly cheap, detracting from the film's complicated psychological interplay. Romero has always had spotty luck with actors, and here, with nuanced performances required, he generally strikes out. The original 130-minute print of HUNGRY WIVES was later recut to 89

minutes by the distributor, but the film still failed miserably. In 1982, however, it was rereleased in an effort to capitalize on the success of Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD. Deceptively marketed as a new Romero movie, the film was retitled SEASON OF THE WITCH (inspired by a Donovan song heard on

the soundtrack), in what may have been an attempt to ride the coattails of the just-released HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH. Romero loyalists will no doubt find this film worthwhile; all others, consider yourself warned.

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  • Released: 1973
  • Rating: R
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