Plot: What’s it about?
Simon Sinestrari (Andrew Prine) doesn’t live within society’s social rules, as he loves to converse with trees and he happens to reside in a storm drain. When one night’s intense rain drives him out of the drain, he finds himself arrested and thrown into jail as a vagrant. Behind bars he meets a hustler named Turk (George Paulsin), a man with some serious connections and a shine for good old Simon. He offers to introduce Simon to some of his more prominent friends, who want to hire Simon to perform “magic” at their upper crust parties. But when one of them refuses to pay Simon for his tarot card session, Simon places a curse upon his head and soon, the man meets a gruesome death. Now that Simon’s deadly abilities have become known, how will he handle his new place within society’s upper tier?
If you judge this movie by its cover, you’ll expect a depraved tale of witchcraft, violent rituals, and a charismatic warlock with an insane perspective on life, death, and sex. In truth however, Simon, King of the Witches isn’t about supernatural chills at all, instead it is about Wiccan ideals and philosophies. You know, nature and past lives and all that jazz, when we’re led to believe we will see all out mystical mayhem on a grand scale. I wouldn’t even label this as a horror movie, despite a few death scenes and some unusual supernatural elements. Simon, King of the Witches is more like a thriller than involves Wiccan elements, so don’t expect blood soaked witchcraft from this movie. But if you’re a fan of all things 70s, then Simon, King of the Witches has enough nostalgic touches to make it worth a rental.
Video: How does it look?
Simon, King of the Witches is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The print used here has seen better days, but overall this is a decent presentation. You will see some wear issues here, from debris to nicks to burns, but with this kind of movie, its a little unreasonable to expect a pristine source print. These print issues do impact the visuals however, so this looks a little soft at times and worn around the edges. The colors look decent however, while contrast is on the light side, but passable. So yes, this looks worn, but it is still more than watchable.
Audio: How does it sound?
The 2.0 stereo soundtrack is fine, but forgettable. The elements come across well enough, but do sound a little thin thanks to the tolls of time. The music sounds tinny for the most part, but vocals have a clear, clean presence. Not enough sound design to talk about much beyond the basics however, so suffice it to call this one adequate.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes interviews with star Andrew Prine and director Bruce Kessler, a radio spot, and the film’s theatrical trailer.