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The Witches

Great Britain/USA 1990. Dir: Nicolas Roeg. 91 min. DCP

Roeg dialed back the adult stuff, but not a whisker of the weird stuff, for his wildly imaginative adaptation of Roald Dahl’s dark children’s book. Nine-year-old Luke is educated in the ways of the wicked, thanks to his lore-wise Norwegian grandma. Good thing, too — while staying at a seaside resort, he discovers he’s in the company of a coven! Posing as the “Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children” — in fact, being cruel to children seems to be their one and only action point — they nab Luke and turn him into a mouse. Now it’s up to him (a pint-sized talking rodent) and his granny to put a stop to the witches before they transform all of England’s kids into mice. Anjelica Huston, over the top and having a ball, is the grotesque Grand High Witch; Rowan “Mr. Bean” Atkinson is the hotel’s manager. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop handles the spellbinding puppets, by turns cutesy, creepy, and completely bizarre. "A nearly perfect horror movie for wise children" (David Thomson).


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REVIEWS

"The best and perhaps the only horror movie made for children."

Slant | full review

"Strange and scary enough to fascinate parents and offspring alike."

Time Out | full review


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