Spanish Horror Comedy ‘Witching and Bitching’ Begins Production

Alex de la Iglesia, Spain’s most prominent black comedy helmer, has teamed with powerful Spanish producer Enrique Cerezo on horror laffer Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi (Witching and Bitching), in what looks to be one of the country’s flagship productions for 2013, reports Variety.

The pic turns on a robber band trying to flee to France after purloining 25,000 gold rings from a Spanish city. A curse falls on them and they fall into the clutches of the witches of the Navarrese town of Zugarramurdi.

Witching‘s ensemble cast boasts some of Spain’s biggest film and TV stars, such as Mario Casas (“I Want You”), Hugo Silva (“Sex, Parties and Lies”) and Carmen Maura, who earned a best actress award at San Sebastian in 2000 for her role in “Commonwealth.” Further cast members are Terele Pavez, Carolina Bang, Secun de la Rosa, Pepon Nieto and Jaime Ordonez.

According to De la Iglesia, Witching is a mix of his 1995 groundbreaking hit The Day of the Beast with multi-awarded 2000 comedy Commonwealth. “It is an outrageous comedy, in the line of ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,’ but a horror comedy,” De la Iglesia explained.

Rolling from October 1 on location in Zugarramurdi for two weeks, the production will continue for seven more weeks in Madrid.