Witchcraft ’70 (1970)

Witchcraft ’70 is a re-shot and re-edited U.S. domestic version of Angeli Bianchi… Angeli Neri (White Angel …Black Angel — more on that tomorrow). Because the U.S. producers changed so much, it’s nearly a different film, complete with Edmond Purdom (AbsurdDon’t Open ‘Till ChristmasPieces, 2019: After the Fall of New York) narrating the proceedings.

Lee Frost, who directed Love Camp 7Hot Spur, Dixie Dynamite, A Climax of Blue PowerThe Thing with Two Heads and The Black Gestapo, in addition to mondo films like Hollywood’s World of FleshMondo FreudoMondo Bizarro and The Forbidden directed the additional scenes in this revised version at the behest of TransAmerica Films.

Original director Luigi Scattini was behind lots of exploitation over in Italy like Sweden: Heaven and Hell and Blue Nude. He brought in Alberto Bevilacqua, who was a writer on films like Atom Age VampireBlack Sabbath and Planet of the Vampires.

How can you not love a movie that promises dialogue like “A ballad of the ’60’s said, “I left my heart in San Francisco.: Now in the ’70’s, it is possible to leave one’s soul there as well?” Yes, the biggest problems in 1970 were weed and witchcraft. Is it any wonder that this movie has led to so many samples in the songs of Electric Wizard?

Keep in mind, the ideas in this film — and the sheer nudity on display — destroys minds and reaped souls back in 1970. But in 2019? It could almost be on regular television. This version is the one to watch — the Italian version, like I said, which we’ll get to tomorrow, is missing plenty of the rougher footage from Frost, as well as a warning from Lieutenant David Estee of the Capitola California Police Department

But hey — you do get to see a Satanic wedding officiated by Anton LaVey, so there’s that. And dialogue like “The night air carries the stench of flames, sex and an acrid unnatural sweat.”

I got this from the sadly gone Cult Action. I really wish that site was still around, if only to make me spend more money on movies that I can’t afford.

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