The Witch of Your Mother – The Spanish Coven

To celebrate Halloween, Hollywood Hegemony proudly presents horror academic Irene Cuder’s thought provoking essay regarding the role of witches in demonising female empowerment. 

                    Irene also features in our final Horror Cuts film “Witching and Bitching”

As Creed states, “there is one incontestably monstrous role in the horror film that belongs

to woman – that of the witch” (Creed, 1993, p. 73). The film Witching and Bitching,

aka Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi (de la Iglesia, 2013) offers a good example of a filmic

representation of male tension towards female empowerment by introducing a recently

divorced father who abducts his son and perpetrates a robbery and in her attempt to leave

Spain to start a new life with his son, he encounters an evil coven. Continue reading

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A Most Tedious Man

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s outing as ‘German’ terror detective Gunther Bachmann is hamstrung by the same defect that up-ends the protagonist. It is so concerned with having a ‘grown up’ dialogue on terrorism, that it becomes the personification of a grey area. It is bereft of warmth, colour and interest. Of course, it’s not without it’s redeeming features – but they come too little too late for an audience fast losing interest.

Rachel McAdams dozes off, as do most of the audience.

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