LATE SHIFT AT THE GRINDHOUSE
A college student heads to a small Texan village to research German history. He unearths the grave of a woman executed for witchcraft and steals the stake that killed her. The witch, who - as promised - is at least partially nude in every scene, comes back to life to seek revenge on the descendants of her executioner.
In the true spirit of exploitation cinema, The Naked Witch (1961) was made for the sole purpose of putting nudity on film. There’s an extended scene of the witch playing in a pond while the protagonist watches intently from the bushes, followed by a dance number in a cave. It makes up nearly half of the sixty minute feature. Most of the talking in the film comes from the protagonist’s narration, which shows how little effort was put into the story. While I prefer exploitation that focuses on outlandish story elements rather than sex, The Naked Witch has plenty of laughable moments.
This week’s grindhouse feature was also preceded by a short film called Completely Defective (2011). It’s a raunchy comedy about a man who purchases a sex robot with a few glitches. It was directed by Henrique Couto, who also directed Babysitter Massacre and the Slay Ride segment in Faces of Schlock.