Witching & Bitching (2013) [aka Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi; trans. The Witches of Zugarramurdi] is a Spanish horror/comedy film written by Álex de la Iglesia and Jorge Guerricaechevarría and directed by Álex de la Iglesia. Starring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang, Terele Pávez, Jaime Ordóñez, Santiago Segura, Carlos Areces, Secun de la Rosa, Macarena Gómez, Gabriel Delgado, and Carmen Maura. Distributed in the U.S. by IFC Films/IFC Midnight.
When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some 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, as they soon make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside and find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual.
Girls, guns or zombies? Spanish punk girls, guns and witches!
Not rated. 112 minutes. Watch the official trailer from IFC Films here …
My thoughts… Witching & Bitching is a wildly entertaining Spanish-language film that takes its inspiration from the action/horror hybrid of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino‘s From Dusk till Dawn (1996) and the dark humor of Peter Jackson‘s early movies [i.e., Bad Taste (1987), Dead-Alive (1992)]. Carolina Bang is deliciously delightful as sultry witch Eva with her darkened eyes, half-shaved head and perpetually sardonic grin!
Read my (more extensive) post on MHE (here).