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'Witch's Brew' on tap Wednesday night at the Charles

"Witch's Brew," the latest effort from horrific Baltimore director Chris LaMartina, gets its world premiere at the Charles Theatre Wednesday night.

The movie, filmed in and around Baltimore over the past two years, offers the twisted tale of a couple local brewmasters who run afoul of a witch. The results are predictably horrifying — especially to those unlucky enough to sample their "Slacker Lager."

As the movie's tagline so succinctly puts it, "Liver damage will be the LEAST of your problems."

The cast of "Witch's Brew" includes George Stover (John Waters' "Desperate Living"), Ruby LaRocca (the soft-core porn parody "Lord of the G-Strings") and Shawn C. Phillips (Syfy's "Haunted High").

This is the fifth film from Catonsville native LaMartina, 26, who studied film at Towson University. His previous films efforts were "Dead Teenagers," "Book of Lore," "Grave Mistakes" and "President's Day." It's the fourth film from Midnight Crew Studios, the production company LaMartina formed with screenwriter Jimmy George.

LaMartina's last film, "President's Day," featured a villain who went around killing high-school student council candidates while wearing an Abraham Lincoln mask. It proved quite the hit on the horror festival circuit last fall, winning best feature and best screenplay at the Killer Film Fest in Massachusetts and best feature at SynerFest in Columbus, Ohio.

The premiere of "Witch's Brew" is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10. Information:

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