The Witches of Zugarramurdi is the new Álex de la Iglesia joint. The film is currently in limited release with no word of stateside distribution just yet, but if there’s any love left for the director of The Last Circus, Brujas should bust out of Spain very soon. We need more brilliant insanity on screen and this one looks like it could deliver in spades. Just check out this official synopsis to get a feel for Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi’s completely chaotic narrative:
When your marriage has you on the brink and your bank account in red, it’s time to rob a Cash-for-Gold shop. That’s the last-ditch decision made by a group of desperate guys led by divorced dad JOSÉ. Unfortunately for all, José never lets his kid down and the day of the break-in is his day of the week with his 8-year old son. Looks like little Sergio will have to tag along. They make it out of the shop with a bag full of 25,000 gold wedding rings only to find their getaway car has disappeared: ANTONIO’s wife had to go shopping.
They flag down a cab driven by Manuel, another victim of a marriage that leaves plenty to be desired. So do they run south to Morocco? Not easy getting through with a cab… Looks like it’s north to France, especially with José’s promise to Sergio that they’ll go live in Disneyland. Things get even more complicated when 8:30pm comes and José doesn’t drop Sergio off at his ex- wife’s as expected. She takes it to the police, but goes looking for Sergio herself when they don’t take it seriously enough.
Meanwhile, the 25,000 gold rings become a real curse when the guys enter the impenetrable forests of Basque Country, home to ancient covens and witchery. It’s poetic justice time for their failures with the opposite sex. They run head-on with a horde of crazed women who feed on human flesh. Trapped in a mysterious mansion, the witches try to seize the rings at all cost and to rip out our heroes’ souls to boot. Poor guys, they made their bed and now they’ll have to sleep in it. And all they wanted was a little peace and quiet.
Excellent. Here is a taste of the visuals that may very well make this one of the most memorable witch movies folks have seen in years. Warning: Trailer is NSFW