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“In the future, you’ll have my life of vice on your conscience and when I lay some delicious pig, I’ll think that I’m laying the blame on your shoulders, buster, and that’ll be my revenge, that’s what.” So there! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they bravely, or maybe foolishly, venture outside his “Blind Dead” series to discuss Amando de Ossorio’s Demon Witch Child (1975).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 139 – Demon Witch Child (1975)
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A young girl becomes possessed by a woman from a witch’s cult, who seeks vengeance, terror, and confusion around her family and the town folks.IMDb
- Writer/Director: Amando de Ossorio
- Julián Mateos as Father Juan
- Marián Salgado as Susan Barnes
- Fernando Sancho as Police Chief
- Lone Fleming as Anne Crawford
- Ángel del Pozo as Mr. Barnes
- Kali Hansa as Gypsy Witch
- Daniel Martín as William Grant
- Tota Alba as Mother Gautère
- Roberto Camardiel as Managing Editor
- María Kosty as Esther
- Fernando Hilbeck as Doctor
- Julia Saly as Barnes’ maid (as La Pocha)
- María Vidal as Simona Comodare – Mother of the first sacrificed child
- Concha Gómez Conde as Mother of the kidnapped child
Your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew thought it was time to check out something from Amando de Ossorio other than a film in his infamous “Blind Dead” series, and that’s how they ended up covering Demon Witch Child (aka, The Possessed; aka, La endemoniada) on this episode. Despite loving Tombs of the Blind Dead, Doc quickly recognizes Demon Witch Child as a very poor attempt to cash in on the success of The Exorcist (1973). Despite it being a mess of a movie, he admits he has fun watching it. Chad is a little harsher, in fact, guaran-damn-teeing he will never watch Demon Witch Child again. The only positive thing about a low-budget movie like this, according to Bill, is that you get real-looking people in the roles, leading him to wonder what nightmare would result if the little boy from Burial Ground (1981) and the girl from this film had a child. Jeff thought the so-bad-it-was funny dubbing was hilarious, almost like a “Bad Lip Reading” video.
As you may have guessed, your 70s Grue-Crew can’t recommend Demon Witch Child, unless, of course, you are an Amando de Ossorio completist or your thang is bad dubbing. Seek it out at your own peril.
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