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Film / Witching And Bitching

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Witching & Bitching (Spanish: Las brujas de Zugarramurdi; "The Witches of Zugarramurdi") is a 2013 Spanish comedy horror film co-written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia.

A gang of robbers men, led by José, a divorced father, and Antonio, former PR for a nightclub succeed in robbing a pawn shop, collecting a full of gold rings and jewellery. Unfortunately the robbery to turn sour and for several people to die in the resulting gunfire. José and Antonio, along with José's 10-years-old son Sergio (it was also his visiting day) hijack a taxi and stow its unwilling passenger in the trunk, then force the driver, Manuel (Jaime Ordóñez), to drive towards the border with France.

The group is followed by Sergio's mother and José's ex-wife Silvia as well as two police investigators Pacheco and Calvo, who are following Silvia. The men end up in the Basque town of Zugarramurdi, famouly known for its Witch Hunt (pretty much the Spanish Salem) where they come across a family of really weird women: Graciana, the mother, her smoking-hot daughter Eva and the senile grandmother Maritxu (Terele Pávez). The women turn out to be a glorious dynasty of witches, who need Sergio to perform an ancient ritual to a pre-historic goddess and that the rest of them will likely be killed as part of the ritual...or for merely dinner.


This movie evokes the following tropes:

  • Cassandra Truth: Manuel, the taxi driver usually says the most sensible thing only to be ignored by the rest of the gang.
  • Eldritch Abomination: What the Great Mother turns out to be, a giant human-like female modeled after the Venus of Willendorf.
  • Evil Matriarch: The witch coven has a long history of terrible matriarchs, with Gracian not being an exception. Just ask her own children.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Silvia is turned into a witch after being captured and joins the coven in place of Eva.
  • The Hecate Sisters: The main trio are Graciana (the mother), Eva (the maiden??) and Maritxu (the crone).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eva, out of falling in love with José and growing tired of her family lifestyle.
  • Hot Witch: Eva, the daughter, played by beautiful blonde Carolina Bang. Also Silvia, José's ex-wife, after she's turned into a witch by Graciana's clan.
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  • I'm a Humanitarian: The witches eat human flesh. They are delighted in finding a chunk of grown men to literally serve at a party.

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