Strange things have been happening to Valentina, a young and beautiful professional photographer, ever since she made the acquaintance of Baba Yaga, a mysterious older woman who gave her a lift home late one night.
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Surprise, surprise! Based on a comic strip, 'Baba Yaga' will certainly not please the average amateur of European Gothic thrillers of the 1965-1975 period. Firstly, Carroll - Baba Yaga - Baker does not do bloody tricks, she prefers the mental trick. She's the Yoga Baba Yaga (I hope that you're still following me because I'm feeling kind of lonely all of a sudden). Anyway, in my opinion, 'Baba Yaga' is a little jewel.
Fascinating Euro cult film is a sexy, surreal whirl of jet-set fashion, mind-bending madness, sadomasochistic sex, political satire, and gothic horror. Some sharp New Wave film techniques and a spirited performance by Carroll Baker make this a tremendously entertaining cult classic. Far superior to the so many other European exploitation films that try for the same offbeat style and fail.
Except in the soviet films for childood by A. Rou it is the first film I see which is inspired by the legendary Baba yaga . Quite original to find this theme in a typical 70s Italian atmospheric thriller film. The leading character has too little in common with baba yaga, reminds more the devil-ish, vampyric and seducing Seyring in daugthers of darkness. Not as convincing but a pretty good one.
"[Baba Yaga] is a lurid, deranged giallo – a typical, if less than perfect, example of the sexploitation (and a little blaxploitation) B movie pictures of the era. Entertaining as Baba Yaga is, Farina is no Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci or Roger Corman."
Read full festival review at The Skinny: www.theskinny.co.uk/festivals/uk-festivals/film/eiff-2016-the-love-witch-baba-yaga