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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 

 

The White Witch

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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.

 

Bonus: 

 

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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Hocus Pocus Returns Without Original Sanderson Sistahs!

If you’re a Disney fan, you probably remember the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus. It didn’t do too well in theaters, but once it hit our TV screens, the movie blew up. I was captivated the first time I saw it. It spawned to a witch obsession which lead to me watching several other witch movies and reading books such as Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

 

For those of you who have seen Hocus Pocus, you remember the Sanderson sisters, everyone’s favorite trio of witches, disintegrating. You also know the ending hinted at the fact that the Sanderson sisters may still be alive…

 

To fans of the movie, this meant a sequel was needed. The stars of the movie, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy all expressed interest in a second movie. In an interview with People, Sarah Jessica Parker had this to say about filming a Hocus Pocus sequel:

 

I would love that. I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen, but that hasn’t created any ground swell of movement.

 

As much as the stars wanted to reprise their roles as the villainous Sanderson sisters, it seemed like a sequel was not in the cards.

 

However, it seems like something is finally in the works, but it’s not something fans to which fans have been receptive! Rather than a sequel, Disney has a reimagining of Hocus Pocus in the works, which means the original cast, including the three actresses that played the beloved Sanderson sisters, are not involved.

 

Hocus Pocus cast

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Other Hocus Pocus veterans not involved in the reboot include the original director Kenny Ortega, and the original co-writers, Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris. Replacing Cuthbert and Garris will be The Royals writer Scarlett Lacey. No replacement director has been selected yet, but since the project is in its early stages, Disney has plenty of time to pick one. But with a whole new cast and crew, will this remake have any chance at success? Mick Garris doesn’t think so.

 

In fact, just last year, Garris gave Forbes an interview in which he talked about the rumors he heard about a possible sequel or remake of Hocus Pocus. When asked if the original cast was coming back, he said, “I think they are, yeah…” He went on to say:

 

If they don’t do that I think it would be a big mistake because all three of them are still so incredibly potent and powerful and great performers and who else can recreate those characters?

 

Fans agree with this sentiment. One of the producers of the original movie, David Kirschner will be returning as an executive producer. It remains to be seen whether having one veteran on board will help make the this reimagining a success, but fans are not hopeful. It’s hard to imagine Hocus Pocus without the original Sanderson sisters.

 

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Witches, Get Ready! Beverley Hills Witch’s House Brought Back to Life for Halloween

You might recognize it as the house past which Cher trials miserably on her way home from retail therapy in Clueless, but the Beverly Hills ‘Witch’s House’ was originally built in 1921 as the set for the ‘Hansel and Gretel’ movie. The house at 516 Walden Drive fell into disrepair and was a popular spot for risk takers to seek out ghosts. Now it’s being resurrected just in time for Halloween! 

 

Witch's House in Clueless

Cher trials miserably past the Witch’s House on her way home from retail therapy in Clueless. / Via iamnotastalker

 

Real estate agent Michael J. Libow bought the property, the only one of its kind in the 90210 zip code, and started renovating the ‘Witch’s House’ to restore it to it’s former glory. He said:

 

The concept in the home was to make it as organic as possible to the ground, everything looks as if it just sprung out of the ground, almost like a volcanic eruption.
 

 

Apparently, Libow spared no expense making sure the house is perfect from top to bottom. He plans to live there for the rest of his life. He is also making Halloween a day to remember on Walden Drive again and will allow visitors. 
 

‘I plan to carry on the tradition,’ Libow said, ‘but because I don’t do well in drag, I do not dress up as a witch on Halloween.’

 

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Infographic: The Scariest Monsters in Literature

Halloween is a time for spooky monsters like the well-known Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Headless Horseman. It’s also a time for scary books. After all, every monster we just mentioned shares one thing in common: a literary heritage.

Books are full of creepy ghouls, ghosts, and monsters, so it’s no surprise that a lot of our Halloween horror inspiration comes from the scary stories on our bookshelves. But how well do you know the scariest monsters in all of literature?

Get into the spirit of Halloween with this awesome infographic from the folks at the UK’s Morph Costumes. All of the classic creeps are there, and they’re all helpfully labeled with a “Scream Score,” which is calculated by evaluating their creepy appearance, supernatural powers, and evil intent. Morph Costumes says that Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It, is the creepiest one of all. Do you agree?