Witching and Bitching

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  • Summary: When their bank heist doesn’t go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, forWhen their bank heist doesn’t go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. More colorful characters begin to enter the picture, including a pair of hapless cops hot on the trail, a defecting vixen witch and José’s controlling ex-wife. [IFC Films] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jun 13, 2014
    91
    It's ludicrous genre fun even if you didn't take into account the properly-bewitching Ms. Bang.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 10, 2014
    80
    A major achievement in sunny wretchedness, Álex de la Iglesia's splatter-comedy Witching & Bitching projectile pukes its outrages at you with a gusto recalling the early days of those (sadly) reformed upchuckers Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson.
  3. 75
    It’s the best Almodovar movie Almodovar never made, a riotous, gory farce that might be the funniest movie of the summer, and surely is the coolest.
  4. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Jun 13, 2014
    75
    Witching and Bitching is accordingly overlong, and conceptually thin. But like most of de la Iglesia's films, it's also freakishly energetic, and often hysterical.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Jun 11, 2014
    70
    Transitioning from Reservoir Dogs to From Dusk Till Dawn with a lunatic’s grace, Witching & Bitching resolves itself as a gloriously gory civil war between men and the grotesquely literal manifestations of how the worst of them see the fairer sex.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jun 12, 2014
    70
    Known for his genre pastiches, the director, Álex de la Iglesia (“El Crimen Perfecto”), rarely lets the pace flag, and the buddy comedy, gross-out humor and horror elements make for a harmonious mix.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    Witching and Bitching -- though perhaps a bit overlong, and prone to meandering -- is unapologetic about what it is: a crazy, just-for-fun film that revels in its own bad taste.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. May 13, 2016
    8
    Witching & ****

    When it comes to talk about witches and craft, I recall one movie “The Craft”. As for me, it is one of the most striking
    Witching & ****

    When it comes to talk about witches and craft, I recall one movie “The Craft”. As for me, it is one of the most striking films about witches. But lately I watched another one.

    "The Witches of Zugarramurdi" (also known as “Witching&****”) is a Spanish comedy horror film, made in 2013 by Alex de la Iglesia. It stars Hugo Silva, Mario Casas and Carmen Maura.

    It opens by a robbery which was pondered by two street artists Jose and Tony. The robbery does not go as well as they thought it would. Nevertheless, they manage to steal a bag of golden rings and successfully run from police. Moreover, a taxi driver, who was their hostage and drove them away from the crime scene, becomes their confederate.

    Thus, the beginning of the film is full of action, chases and sparkling dialogues. The singularity of the situation is that Jose has brought his son Sergio and he becomes involved into the crime and all consequences of it. Due to Sergio, his mother, who is followed by police, manages to figure out their whereabouts.

    The company ends up in the Navarrese town in Zugarramurdi, which is known as witch's town since Medieval times. They meet cannibalistic witches face to face. It goes without saying, that their only aim is to run away from that place, but it is not so easy.
    The plot is evolving rapidly and including a lot of supernatural and terrifying action. Some of scenes were absolutely horrific. But I really like the movie though.

    Also, to my opinion, the plot of the film has similarities with “From dusk till dawn”. Bad guys are running from police and end up in a strange place facing supernatural creatures.
    Anyway, "The Witches of Zugarramurdi" is a good film.

    It won the most awards at the 28th Goya Awards with eight wins out of ten nominations, so it is one of the greatest Spanish movies in new century.
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  2. Sep 27, 2014
    6
    Las brujas de Zugarramurdi es din duda la película mas floja de todas las que he visto de Álex de la Iglésia. Lo mejor son los primeros 40Las brujas de Zugarramurdi es din duda la película mas floja de todas las que he visto de Álex de la Iglésia. Lo mejor son los primeros 40 minutos, con un toque cómico bastante acertado. Y lo peor el resto, con un tramo final que hecha a perder todo lo bueno del principio. La esperaba mejor pero tampoco es un fracaso. Expand
  3. Jan 29, 2015
    1
    At all, this movie is awful (and maybe, it's stupid). Here is a bunch of good actors and few good jokes... But everything else is totallyAt all, this movie is awful (and maybe, it's stupid). Here is a bunch of good actors and few good jokes... But everything else is totally sucks: effects, plot, etc. Don't waste your time on it. Expand

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