Nowadays, everyone loves a good documentary, and slowly but surely, these often informative movies and series have been creeping their way into our hearts of hearts. Genres of choice include biographical material, aliens, bigfoot, and the weird or unexplained. "Halloween Obsessed" seems to focus on another big-ticket facet of the genre - the paranormal and supernatural. In the case of this particular episode, witches are the focus, and let me tell you ... no stone is left unturned. Pardon the classless pun.
This forty-minute foray into witches came from director Linda Palmer and was penned by Barbara Dolny-Bombar. From an audience perspective, it's more or less precisely what you think it is. A few guests talking about what comes to mind when they hear the term witch and their personal experiences as a broom toting or spell casting being. However, let me just write that my broad-stroke description of witches is exactly what "Halloween Obsessed: The Misconception of Witches" aims to correct. Each guest explains their views and the history of "real" witches, and it most definitely isn't the green and wart-faced witches we've come to envision. As the narrator steered me through the different types of witches and religious beliefs of those who practice, I very quickly realized I knew very little of witches aside from the cliche costumes and stereotypes. In a nutshell? There's a lot here to unpack, but I had no problem following along.
I really enjoyed learning about the different types of witches and, yes, reader, the various religious aspects of the practitioners. Admittedly, some of the histories I knew, but that didn't make it any less interesting, and the smaller details I didn't know - can now be added to my dinnertime conversation library. The presenters, AKA the talking heads of the film, were all credible, from multiple backgrounds but most importantly ... interesting. I learned a lot about energies and even the significance of Halloween and witches. So it's safe to say that "Halloween Obsessed: The Misconception of Witches" should have no problem finding its footing, and if the rest of the series is as good, a good-sized audience.
It may be true that the format and concept of the Halloween Obsessed series may not be reinventing the wheel, but nobody ever said it had to. There's an audience for this series genre, and I'm most definitely a person within that group. Palmer's pilot episode was slick, polished, and paced quite nicely. A winner, hands down. I look forward to seeing what's to come - four stars.