It’s October and with Halloween month here, now is the perfect time for all things creepy and scary and darkly magical. To help celebrate the upcoming holiday, I’ve decided to share my favorite witch-centered films. To make the list, all the movie needs is a witch at the center of the story. Films like Maleficent, Warlock: The Armageddon and The Addams Family have magic (and magic-like) characters but no witches (except for Granny but she’s not central to the plot) in the medieval sense so they won’t be included (though all three are perfect viewing for the season). And not every entry is horror; some are even family-friendly fare that you can watch with even the youngest of kiddies.
A cluster of various fairytales combined with a killer cast and catchy songs nets you this funny and unique take on the tales we all grew up with.
Everyone is familiar with the classic story. Tilda Swinton as the White Witch steals the show so hard you just might hope Jadis wins the day.
Anglica Houston. What else needs be said? As the leader of a coven of ugly hags who kill and devour children, it’s perfect for family movie night.
Stockard Channing and Dianne Weist are the pinnacle of eccentric aunts who revel in their hereditary magic. Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, the nieces they raised, need a bit more convincing.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher and Susan Sarandon teach the devilish Jack Nicholson a lesson after he pays one too many games with them. Try not to love it.
Yes, Michelle Pfeiffer makes it on the list twice, thanks to her turn as Lamia in the fantastical film based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name.
The film that turned a million average teens into witches, the 90’s classic shows the eternal struggle between good and evil and how easily power can corrupt.
A truly creepy film, The Witch isn’t the typical horror; it’s light on the violence and the most disturbing moments – a baby’s murder and young boy’s rape – are kept off-screen. Watch it with the lights off after the sun goes down for maximum creepage.
Basically, The Craft but with boys. Hot, nearly nude (okay, there’s a few butt shots) boys and a healthy dose of homoeroticism. A guilty pleasure not to be missed. Now if only they’d make a sequel…
What else would go in the number one slot? This is the perfect Halloween film and the one you must watch. Disney announced a remake, which I have so many issues with, but don’t bother waiting for that one. Grab the original and experience family-friendly creepiness at its finest.
What do you think of my must-haves? You agree or do you have other witchy films you can’t do Halloween without?