By Brett Mullins
Directed by Chris LaMartina
A pair of microbrewers, superstitious Jeff and the more practical minded Preston, hit a black cat while making deliveries of their creation ‘Slacker Lager’. When they bring the cat back to its owner, a witch, she curses their beer in response to the deed. As they finish their deliveries, the mayhem begins.
Witch’s Brew is a fun horror-comedy that features a strong reliance on practical gore effects. The middle act of the film is more or less a showcase for these well executed effects, many of them both ironic and over the top. This use of practical gore is a refreshing sight as it brings back memories of films such as The Evil Dead.
The plot, though quite silly, makes sense in the end. The audience is not left wondering about who, why, how, etc.
The acting is a bit bumpy overall but is above average regarding many of the main characters. Ryan Thomas, who portrays a cynical bartender that battles a werewolf with a baseball bat, steals the show with quick quips and a few well executed extreme closeups.
Witch’s Brew excels in the sound department. The downfall of many low budget films is that they cannot overcome the constant hissing of background noise. The detail of soundwork in postproduction is apparent with the clanking of the beer bottles and such.
Witch’s Brew is made with the fans of classic horror films in mind and is good enough to make it accessible to pretty much all audiences.
This film was screened at the 2012 HorrorQuest Film Festival.