(NO SPOILERS) Let's ditch the tried and true Michael, Freddy, Leatherface, and Jason reruns and try something a little different, Álex de la Iglesia's Witching & Bitching (2013). It is at once briefly gory, somewhat campy, a tad disgusting, delightfully grotesque, wildly inappropriate and rather humorous. It can also be misinterpreted as severely misogynistic, but only by those who miss the subversive filmmaking this director is famous for. And, since subverting genre and gender conventions is his shtick, one must not take this film, or any other of his efforts, at face value. With the film title literally translated as The Witches of Zugarramurdi, the English interpretation is a better fit, as the film revolves explicitly around women who do the witching and men who do the bitching (about women and their evils, of course.)
This is a solid production. The special effects are believable. The premise, however silly, works, and what's more, becomes engrossing. It's not "torture porn", it's not laden with Hitchcockian suspense, there's no tension to cut with a knife. Yet, it is adult; it does have scares and, most importantly, plenty of very dark humour. It is the kind of film you'll enjoy watching with friends. Spooky, but without the dreadfully determined realism of prolonged, voyeuristic suffering much of modern horror aspires to.