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[Nightstream] ‘Gutterwitch’ review: Your friendly neighborhood witch

Neighborhood witch helps the helpless.

Welcome to another installment of 31 Days of Halloween! This is our chance to set the mood for the spookiest and scariest month of the year as we focus our attention on horror and Halloween fun. For the month of October we’ll be sharing various pieces of underappreciated scary books, comics, movies, and television to help keep you terrified and entertained all the way up to Halloween.

Living close to a practicing witch can be a real convenience to neighbors in need. Libby makes  a living by providing magical aid to various residents of her apartment building. While some visit for fun, others have darker desires.  Gutterwitch is a Featherside Films short written and directed by Harry Baker which offers a glimpse into the life of a woman whose existence revolves around the expenditure of magic.

Libby, played by Jasmine Blackborrow is a mysterious young woman, serious in her practitioning of magic. Blackbarrow’s performance is intense, illuminating Libby’s power and strength while revealing her empathy and fears. 

Baker’s use of macabre visuals are both intriguing and grotesque, displaying the depths of Libby’s magic. There are also interesting sound effects and music that accompany these visuals, adding to a menacing tone in the film. Libby’s customers do not seem to be in any imminent danger, but the magic appears to take a tone on Libby. 

Gutterwitch just scratches the surface of Libby’s story. While the audience is invited into Libby’s life, it feels as though it ends just before it truly begins to dive into her story. However, this is fitting for Libby whose life serves the needs of others while her own troubles remain hidden under the surface. Gutterwitch is playing at the Nightstream Film Festival.

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