Monday, September 6, 2021

Witches of Blackwood (2021)

Movie Name/Year: Witches of Blackwood (2021)
Genre: Thriller
Length: 78 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Director: Kate Whitbread
Writer: Darren Markey     
Actors: Cassandra Magrath, Kevin Hofbauer, Lee Mason, John Voce, Nicholas Denton, Susan Vasiljevic, Francesca Waters, Nikola Dubois, Maddy Vasiljevic, Gigi Vasiljevic
Blurb from IMDb: A supernatural thriller with a witchy theme, starring Cassandra Magrath

Selina’s Point of View:
Staying awake during Witches of Blackwood was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do for this blog.
By a half hour in, nothing had happened. The story was so slow that I still hadn’t been made to care. In fact, the first scene that mattered to me, even a little, happened around the 40-minute mark. Worse than that, the scene was only about 3-minutes long.
Even near the end, when the climax should have picked everything up… it was so predictable that it just didn’t work. I remained underwhelmed.
The company that promoted this movie worked really hard to connect it to Wolf Creek (2005). In every advertisement it was stressed that Wolf Creek’s Cassandra Magrath (Ali’s Wedding, The Dustwalker, 36 Questions) was in this flick. The cult classic’s title even came before the name of this flick in the fliers. I get it. That was a great way to gain attention for Witches of Blackwood… but I think it hurt the film’s chances.

By advertising that way, it caused me to view Witches of Blackwood and Wolf Creek as part of the same category, and they couldn’t be further apart.
The way a movie is promoted matters. I’m not saying I would have suddenly fallen in love with it if it had been served to me differently, but I would have gone into it with different expectations that might have been easier to meet.
I was really looking forward to Witches of Blackwood, and I’m beyond disappointed.
I wouldn’t re-watch this film, but who knows? Maybe it’s just not for me. Maybe there’s someone out there who would appreciate this kind of super-slow mild thriller. If you think it might be for you, Witches of Blackwood will be available on DVD, and digitally, September 7.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – None
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating1.5/5
Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R
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