Not only was The Witch Who Came from the Sea widely banned and critically shat upon, it pretty much killed the career of everyone involved with it. Director Matt Cimber slowly faded into obscurity. Star Perkins didn't reappear in Hollywood for five full years (finally resurfacing on TV). She didn't make another movie until 1984. Vanessa Brown never made another movie. Ditto most of the supporting cast.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.