Spectacle | 124 South 3rd Street
THE NAKED WITCH
Dir. Larry Buchanan, 1961
USA, 59 min.
“For a moment I felt sorry for her, this lonely nymph, whose friends were water-snakes and the moon, and she seemed to know every sound of the night.”
Inspired by the Finnish film Noita Palaa Elämään, THE NAKED WITCH is one of the earliest films in the career of b-movie “schlockmeister” Larry Buchanan, better known for films like MARS NEED WOMEN, ZONTAR THE THING FROM VENUS and MST3K staple ATTACK OF THE EYE CREATURES. Working with Claude Alexander (in his only film), Buchanan moves the story from Finland to the hill country around Lukenbach, Texas (an area settled by German immigrants and, by the late 50s, nearly a ghost town). A young scholar visits the area to learn about local legends of The Lukenbach Witch, gradually discovering this water witch not only existed, but still exists. A film closer to Russian fantastika films than drive-in horror, it’s generally dismissed by z-film bloggers and other scum but offers strange delights for fans of no-budget rural weirdness.
A live score will be provided by Medroxy Progesterone Acetate using a collection of tapes, pedals, samplers and homemade oscillators to provide a supplemental score. Currently based in Brooklyn, MPA has played basements, abandoned barns and the occasional stage since 1999, releasing albums on Black Horizons, Ruralfaune, Sloow Tapes, Small Doses, MusicYourMindWillLoveYou and personal label Midwest Death Cult. Most recently MPA was one of the opening bands for the premiere of GO DOWN DEATH. More info available at http://www.cryptonarrative.com/mpa/
Tue May 27, 2014 10:00 PM