Sorceress (1994)

Sorceress is also known as Tempress II, but I’ve never seen the first one. I did seek this one out because somehow, both Linda Blair and Julie Strain are in the same film, which pretty much feels like the team I’ve been missing all my life. It’s directed by Jim Wynorski (Chopping Mall, Sorceress — and yes, he wrote another movie with the same title — and Deathstalker II), so you know it’ll be filled with plenty of feminism and nuance.

Eddie Albert’s son is here. So are the aforementioned Strain and Blair, who never appear in a scene together. Look out, Blacula himself appears — William Marshall. And oh hey — Michael Parks!

Strain plays Erica, a witch who is abusing her powers to influence her husband Larry and his colleagues at a law firm. She’s worried that he’s been seduced by his ex-girlfriend Carol, so everything turns into sex dreams that finally become deadly.

Also, somewhere in the middle of all these sex scenes, Amelia (Blair) senses that witchcraft is behind the crippling of her husband Howard (Albert) in an automobile accident. It’s time for revenge!

There are lots of skyclad witches here, to turn a phrase. This whole thing was shot by Gary Graver, who worked with Orson Welles for most of his life, so it looks way better than it should. I mean, if you’re going to do possessed women, riffs on Vertigo and threeways along with voodoo rituals, make it look like art.

Want to see it for yourself? Synapse has an uncensored blu ray so you can truly appreciate all of Ms. Strain.

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