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Weird Woman

Released 1944
Distributor Universal

Fritz Leiber’s pulp novella “Conjure Wife”, which originally appeared in the April 1943 issue of Unknown Worlds, has had a surprisingly durable screen history. It was adapted here as the second entry in Universal’s Inner Sanctum Mystery series, then redone years later as an episode of the Moment of Fear TV show (1960). A classy feature treatment, Burn Witch Burn, followed in 1961 (see TFH Guru Sam Hamm’s take on it here). A barely released comedy version, Witches’ Brew, appeared in 1980.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career.  He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Innerspace, Matinee, Small Soldiers, The ‘burbs and the 3-D thriller titled The Hole, first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival. His TV directing work includes:  the HBO film, The Second Civil War, the “Masters of Horrors” titles,  Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, episodes of Eerie, Indiana , which he was in on the creation of, as well as episodes of CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0 and Salem. His latest feature, the zom-com Burying the Ex, is currently available on VOD.