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Wickedest Witch Movies to Watch this Halloween

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Halloween! Now it is the witching hour every hour and in honor of this, here are some of the best witch books and movies for you to feast upon (in between feasting on mortals, of course.)


Practical Magic 


Sandra Bullock in Practical Magic

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Based on the book The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman, this spooky romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman will have you casting your own love spells in no time!


The Witches of Eastwick


Witches of Eastwick

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Based on the book of the same name by John Updike, this comedy starring Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, and Jack Nicholson follows three dissatisfied women who unknowingly form a coven with hilarious consequences. 


The Witches 


The Witches

The Grand High Witch taunting a child she imprisoned in a painting oh my God the whole thing is so unnerving / 

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Roald Dahl’s by turns brilliantly funny and absolutely terrifying book The Witches was made into one of the most frightening movies of all time (this is true) in 1990. The story follows the adventures of a little boy and his grandmother as they stay in the hotel unknowingly hosting an annual gathering of witches, led by Angelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. It’s honestly so scary.


Rosemary’s Baby


Rosemary's Baby

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Roman Polanski turned Ira Levin’s notoriously unsettling novel into a notoriously unsettling movie in 1968, starring Mia Farrow as Rosemary, who moves with her husband into a new building while pregnant, but the buildings inhabitants are not what they seem… 


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 


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Okay, so not technically a witch book/movie but this story contains one of the freakiest witches in fiction. Portrayed by Tilda Swinton in the 2005 movie, the White Witch plunges Narnia into eternal winter, and her spies litter the land. She turns creatures to stone and lures children with promises of Turkish delight. Although in the movie she for some reason has blonde dreadlocks and looks a bit like one of those problematic America’s Next Top Model shoots, she is still pretty scary, and is even worse in the books.


If you happen to run through these before the end of October, here are some bonus witch movies that aren’t based on books, but which are absolutely necessary and cannot be left out of a witchy list such as this.




The Craft (1996)


It’s a cult hit sometimes described as ‘Clueless with witches’ which is misleading as it is way scarier than that.

Hocus Pocus (1993) 


The best Halloween movie of all time. Everyone knows it. I don’t make the rules. 


The Love Witch (2016)


An amazing comedy about modern day witch uses her powers to make men fall in love with her. Huge Lana Del Rey vibes.


Suspiria (1977)


An incredible movie by the master of horror, Dario Argento. He originally wanted to cast children in the film which takes place in a ballet academy but advised against it and so instead he made the sets very large so that the adult actors look smaller. With one of the greatest horror soundtracks of all time by Goblin, this is a Halloween must-watch. 


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