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WITCHWISE
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Reviewed by: Rees Savidis

Directed by: Joe Harris

Starring:
Spencer Daniels
Mary Eileen O Donnell

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What's it about
Witchwise concerns a little boy named Andrew (Spencer Daniels) who, upon discovering that his very own aunty is a real-life witch, decides to do the old-bird in; seemingly possessed by a found ring that beckons him to commit the deed – but is dead really dead?
Is it good movie?

Witchwise plays like a paired-down version of an old Tales from the Crypt episode; short and sweet and not without a certain measure of twisted irony. What Writer/Director Joe Harris (scripter of 2003’s Darkness Falls) has done within a scant 13 minutes, far surpasses most feature-length horror films I’ve seen so far this year. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to find Harris’ calling the shots on his own feature in the near future.

Harris’ even-handedness behind the camera, coupled with his firm grasp on short-subject material works to a near pitch perfect degree in the creation of this little gem. Add to that a wonderfully dark and evocative piano score from composer, Tian (that reminded me of John Harrison’s work on Creepshow), as well as a great performance from young actor Spence Daniels that relied almost entirely on body movement and facial expressions rather than dialog, and I’d say Witchwise is a bona fide hit.
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I don’t watch a lot of short films, and when I do, they’re usually pretentious, self-gratifying pieces of shit made by people who feel that they’re far too smart for convention but ultimately, they’re just too damned stupid to entertain. So when I say that Witchwise is a breath of fresh air…I truly mean it. Well done Joe Harris.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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