Son of a Witch

The Witches paints witches in a terrifying light. Unlike vampires or werewolves, witches never seem to have an official set of rules. Apart from being magical women that may or may not be ugly. The only constant seems to be their hatred for children. The Witches is the last movie I saw based on a book by Roald Dahl (released the year of his death). It also somehow holds the rare distinction of a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that it isn’t very effective. The Witches follows a 9 year old boy who lives with his grandma. She knows everything there is to know about witches. How they’re naturally bald, with square feet, and hate the smell of children. They move to a hotel where the boy encounters a coven of witches. Lead by the Grand High Witch, creepily played by Angelica Houston. It’s a good thing I didn’t watch The Witches at a young age, because when the witches take off their disguises it’s so very disturbing. The Grand High Witch’s appearance is almost too disgusting. Which is of course the point. The Witch’s plan is downright evil, as they plan to turn all children into mice, and then step on them. Although Jim Henson’s puppetry on the mice is as impressive as always. The Witches is one of the creepiest movies ever to be considered for children.

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The Grand High Witch

One thought on “Son of a Witch

  1. Y’know, I’ve never actually seen this. Not sure how it passed me by, as I’m sure we had the VHS or whatever when I stayed with the parents – I have memories of my sister and mum being fans and watching it regularly.

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