The Video Vacuum (thevideovacuum) wrote,
The Video Vacuum


George Romero tried to avoid being labeled as a horror director by doing There’s Always Vanilla and this flop. Originally titled Jack’s Wife, it was later recut and retitled Hungry Wives, then in 1982 it was re-released again to try to cash in on (of all movies) Halloween 3. It goes without saying that experiment was a failure and the film flopped for an unprecedented third time. It’s easy to see why it was a failure. The film, marketed as a horror film, is anything but despite some of its supernatural trappings and the typically ironic Romero ending. It’s still pretty interesting and has some inventive scenes and Romero touches. The plot revolves around an aging housewife (Jan White) who is trapped in a loveless marriage and is bored by Tupperware parties and bridge games. She turns to witchcraft mainly to relieve her boredom and spice up her dull life. Despite some cool dream sequences and a good performance by White, the film is very slow and really dated. In his Living Dead films, Romero perfectly balanced gore, scares, and social commentary. In Season of the Witch, only the latter is apparent. It’s more or less for Romero completists only. Romero returned to more familiar territory with his next film The Crazies. Donovan provided the title song.

AKA: Hungry Wives. AKA: Jack’s Wife.
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