Season of the Witch
, also known as Hungry Wives
, and Jack's Wife
, is George A. Romero
's third horror film. Filmed in 1971 and released in 1972, the film is about a housewife
who becomes involved in witchcraft
. The film was shot in Pittsburgh
and the suburb of Forest Hills, Pennsylvania
while most of it was shot in the home of the parents of Christine Forrest, a crewperson and actress whom Romero later married.
Romero has said that shooting the film was very trying, as they ran out of money during the production. He also did not like the performances. The director has expressed that this is the only one of his films that he would like to remake.
Joan Mitchell (Jan White
) is the 39-year-old wife of a businessman, Jack Mitchell (Bill Thunhurst). They live in suburban Pittsburgh
with their 19-year-old daughter Nikki (Joedda McClain), a student. Joan is unhappy and bored with her housewiferole. Jack is busy, embarking on long business trips every week. Joan has been seeing a psychotherapist
because of her recurring dreams about her husband controlling her.
Joan and her friends learn about a new woman in the neighborhood named Marion Hamilton (Virginia Greenwald
) who practices witchcraft. Prompted by curiosity, Joan and one of her friends, Shirley (Anne Muffley
), drive over to Marion's house one night for a Tarot reading. Marion is the leader of a secret witches' coven
Joan and Shirley drive home to Joan's house, where they meet Gregg (Raymond Laine
), a student teacher at... Read More