Saturday, March 30

UPDATE: Impressions of Demon Witch Child from Code Red's new Double Feature

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Friend, Midnight Legacy operator, and walking Spanish cult databank Bill Knight has chimed in with his expertise on Code Red's presentation of Amando de Ossorio's Demon Witch Child from their fresh double feature previously reported here and available here. I've already ordered mine, but it's great to hear these promising tidbits...

THE POSSESSED / DEMON WITCH CHILD 
Code Red DVD Double Feature

Here is my information and impressions on the Spanish horror film DEMON WITCH CHILD (the second feature on the DVD). The first feature is 'Help Me... I'm Possessed' the 1976 horror film directed by Charles Nizet. 

DEMON WITCH CHILD (1974)

Code Red presents Amando de Ossorio's 1974 Spanish horror film LA ENDEMONIADA under the onscreen title DEMON WITCH CHILD. After the title appears onscreen, the beginning is repeated and the proper credits sequence begins. Sort of a double take which is a bit odd as this repeats the same opening footage.

Presented properly at 1.78:1 16x9 widescreen this release is a revelation and contains MUCH more picture information on all four sides of the screen compared to previous VHS releases including 'The Possessed' on All Seasons Entertainment, 'Demon Witch Child' on Simitar Entertainment, the Dutch PAL release of 'The Possessed' on Sunrise, etc. 

Running about 87 minutes and 28 seconds (which excludes the repeated opening footage) it contains the same footage as the previously mentioned VHS releases. Phil Hardy's excellent publication "The Aurum Film Encyclopedia of Horror" lists a running time of 99 minutes for this film. I believe the original press material also lists a 99 minute running time.

All in all, this is another must-have release for fans of Spanish horror films. The substantial, additional picture information makes it very worthwhile and like watching the film for the first time.
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1 comment:

DrunkethWizerd said...

Funny how both films are called The Possessed. I've got a shoddy copy of Possessed (aka Demon Witch Child) on VHS that I illegally recorded about ten years ago. I'm pretty sure I only watched it that one time, but it did stick with me. I remember the cheezy levitation effect, the young girl turning into an old wench via lap-dissolve transformation, and her cutting off some poor shmo's cock! Haha...

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