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I'm Not a Witch, I'm Your Wife

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 23, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | November 23, 2009 |

Season of the Witch has an interesting etymology as a title, since it will be the third completely unrelated film with that name (a George Romero flick and Halloween III also share the title). There is also a song by Donovan called “Season of the Witch” and a novel of the same name about 1960s runaways in New York City. Needless to say, the Nic Cage effort doesn’t look like it’ll be the one finally to lay permanent claim to the title in cultural consciousness.

Really, for the entire trailer I was sort of rooting for the witch. I mean, she’s just locked up in that cage for no discernible reason other than that she glares at people. Judgmental much? If somebody locked me in a cage outside in the middle of winter and I had supernatural powers, I’d be summoning wolves and lighting fires too. The press release mumbo jumbo says that the witch caused the bubonic plague and that’s why they’re taking her to an ancient monastery so that monks can do magic and such that will fix the plague. Oh, so they can do magic, but the woman does it and it’s all “she killed half of Europe!”

Fantasy fiction doesn’t have to be historically accurate per se, hence the “fantasy” in the genre name, but that doesn’t excuse it for just being shitballs retarded. A witch didn’t cause the black death, a disease did. Color my disbelief unsuspended.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.