We are full-on into Spooky Season! This past weekend was the release of Witch Hunt. This is a horror/thriller from writer and director Elle Callahan. It takes us to a different world where real witches exist. Unfortunately here in the United States, witchcraft is prohibited and is persecuted harshly. Witches’ only chance for survival is to flee the country down south to Mexico where they are able to safely be themselves.
What is very interesting is the way that Callahan uses witches to symbolize any other minority group in the USA in Witch Hunt. We have to think about the fact that in our history, the term witch has been used to accuse women who refused to live inside the societal norms. Now in modern-day its we see it used a lot more of the classic film and book concept of a woman that has supernatural abilities.
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To talk more about witches, LRM Online’s Emmanuel Gomez spoke with the star of Witch Hunt, Gideon Adlon. She plays Claire in the film. A teenage girl who is caught in two worlds. One where she is learning about the dangers and evils of witches. The other is at home where her mother gives asylum to these ladies trying to survive. We talk about what it means to be a witch and her personal connection to them. It’s a great conversation that you can check out down below!
Here is the synopsis for Witch Hunt
In a modern America where magic is real and witches are persecuted by US authorities. Teenager Claire and her family are part of an intricate network that helps these women escape across the border to seek asylum in Mexico. However, when their mode of transport is disrupted by federal witch hunters. Trouble befalls the family as they struggle to hide two young witches within the walls of their home. As witch hunters close in and strange magic begins haunting the family, Claire discovers that she may have more in common with these witches than she could have ever imagined.
Momentum Pictures’ Witch Hunt is now playing in theaters and available On-Demand and Digital.