Fri, Aug 07 | Backlot Cinema @ Epsilon Spires

Season of the Witch

Joan, a housewife attempting empowerment through the dark arts believes she’s discovered the perfect antidote to her monotonous suburban existence... George A. Romero’s self-described “Feminist Horror Film" is an intimate and provocative character study reminiscent of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
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Season of the Witch

Time & Location

Aug 07, 2020, 8:00 PM
Backlot Cinema @ Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the Event

Every Friday Night in August, Epsilon Spires transforms the parking lot into a safe socially-distanced outdoor cinema featuring innovative film screenings & performances under the stars...

August 7th- Season Of The Witch (1973) Dir. George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead), paired with horror-comedy short: A Visit from the Incubus (2001) Dir. Anna Biller (The Love Witch). Raffle for Tarot Readings by Em Hexe!

Film Concessions by Madame Jo's Creperie (Trollhaugen Farm)

Season of the Witch was orginally released as Hungry Wives, with the tagline "Caviar in the Kitchen, Nothing in the Bedroom".  A title that was added to the opening credits after the financiers hijacked Romero’s 120 minute original cut and chopped it down to 90 minutes in an attempt to market it as softcore. Though it has its share of the sex-starved, the title feels mighty incongruous given the film’s desolate tone. It is much closer in comparison to a Rainer Werner Fassbinder critique of the bourgeois than to sexplotation. 

An all-encompassing malaise bears down on its fulcrum; Joan (Jan Mitchell), a housewife, bordering on middle-aged, who’s stymied by an uncaring husband and a dull domestic existence. She’s hungry for inspiration and eventually finds some in a practicing occultist whose outsider lifestyle places her on the periphery of society and away from its restrictions. Mystified, Joan decides to try her hand at the art of witchcraft but before she can muster any magic and escape, the film records her imprisonment. The prison, a suburbia that Romero effectively keeps contained within anonymous and claustrophobic interiors that when they aren’t splintered by menacing shadows, are presented in dull pastel colours and 70s kitsch.

- Ruairí McCann, Berlin Film Journal

Original Trailer:

A Visit From The Incubus (2001). Directed by Anna Biller. Lucy, a young woman in the wild west, has a musical showdown with the incubus who torments her in a saloon full of rowdy cowboys and saucy showgirls. With costumes and sets that emulate 1950s Technicolor films, plus big hairdos, weird musical numbers, and plenty of over-the-top character actors, this horror-comedy-western has all of the elements of a cult classic. 


8pm Doors Open / 8:30pm preshow followed by Feature Presentation

Picture a picnic under the stars with your friends where you are entertained by innovative cinema projected on a big outdoor screen. The program celebrates cinema past and present, both popular and experimental, highlighting diverse creative voices from around the world. Space is limited and advanced booking encouraged!

Layout & Tickets:

The backlot will be empty of cars and on the ground will be painted a series of circles.

Each circle will have at least six feet around it on all sides so as to be a safe socially distanced space.

We encourage our guests to come as if to a picnic – so bring your own blankets, cushions or folding chairs to sit on in your circle – you want to be comfortable so bring all the coziness you need!

Bar and local food vendors on site. Restrooms provided.

Space is limited - Reserve a ticket for a space that fits your group size:

Up to 2 people: $20 (space is 3ft x 6ft)

Up to 4 people: $40 (space is 6ft x 6ft)

Up to 6 people: $60 (space is 6ft x 9ft)

*Entry Includes Raffle Ticket for Gift Certificate to Local Business

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