MARK OF THE WITCH
Lacking in magic
released 15 February 2015 | 15 | DVD
Director Jason Bognacki
Cast Paulie Redding, Maria Olsen,
Nancy Wolfe, David Landry
One- man- band experimentalist Jason Bognacki’s debut has been compared to Dario Argento’s work, but a better reference point would be another Euro filmmaker: the notoriously hit- and- miss Jess Franco.
It’s unashamedly style over substance, with practically every scene featuring distorted mirror reflections, close- ups of eyeballs, or portentous slow- mo. There should be some sort of tax on using the latter to lend a sheen of significance as much as is attempted here.
What little plot is discernible concerns Jordyn ( Paulie Redding). Rescued as a baby and raised by one witch, on turning 18 she finds herself in danger of being possessed by another ( her mother).
The main thing this frustrating film has going for it is the striking casting: Audrey Hepburn- alike Redding has bone structure to die for, Nancy Wolfe’s good witch has a captivating hundred- Benson-&Hedges- a- day croak, and bad witch Maria Olsen gamely allows her prominent gums to be emphasised to the point where she resembles a Lon Chaney creation.
Extras A behind- the- scenes piece. Ian Berriman
The baby Jordyn featured in the flashbacks is actually a boy – director Jason Bognacki’s then new- born son.
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