SIMON, KING OF THE WITCHES
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Simon, a young man with magic power, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge of a man who cheated him with a bad check.
Is it good movie?
This one was a bizarre little slice of 70s cheese that really reflects upon the Wiccan fad that was all the rage back then. The film's main character is Simon, a bizarre warlock who lives in the sewers during modern day. Of course he won't go out unless it’s raining and once he does go out he is quickly thrown in jail for vagrancy.
Soon he meets a drug addicted little girl who is the D.A's daughter, and gives a fellow a reading. And then, the fellow writes him a BOGUS CHECK. Yeah, I'm not kidding. From here, Simon goes crazy and literally puts a death curse on the guy. And that's not all; the death curse manifests itself by killing the dude, a potted plant falling on his noggin.
Of course then Simon falls in love with the D.A's Daughter and this only infuriates the D.A, who crashes a Wiccan love fest and makes things nasty.
This movie is bizarre and mostly terrible, serving only as a curious little piece of zeitgeist that many will have already forgotten. The film is interesting because it is so different, but that certainly doesn't make it a good movie. Truly representative of the era in which it was made, this movie is a really trippy ride that would only really appeal to people who like to watch movies while on drugs. It isn't really a horror movie, but more of a laughable one these days. Andrew Prime’s performance as Simon is quite good, but man, what a weird movie.
Video / Audio
Video, comes in 1.78:1 widescreen, and doesn't look very good at all. The print is murky and watchable at best.
Audio ,seems to be in Dolby 5.1, and sounds decent enough.
First is Simon Says: An interview with Andrew Prine which runs about 15 minutes long. This guy's really interesting and provides some great insight into the role, such as the fact that he was advised by a real warlock. Really good stuff.
The next interview is with director Bruce Kessler, entitled Making White Magic, and it runs about 13 minutes. It isn't all that great though, as the fellow is a bit dry. The guy is informative and talks a lot about how the studio screwed with the movie.
Finally, there's a radio spot and a trailer.
Simon: King of the Witches is a rather funny trip back to an era which really deserves a laugh. Although it’s not a good film, you'll likely have a good laugh watching it once. Also, I leave you with only one thing to remember: "Magnetic, Charge, Electric, Charge!"