ALL OF THEM WITCHES: Teen Witch & The Worst Witch Double Feature (w/ Producer Alana Lambros & Robyn Lively in person!)

Live Set from DJ Totally Abuse

Growing up is hard for girls. You’ve got to deal with boys, boobs, bratty brothers, and Brad, the hunky football star who has no idea you’re alive! Luckily, the Cinefamily’s got a cure for your angst in the form of a Worst Witch x Teen Witch double feature! This potion of potent pubescence is one part made-for-TV Disney nostalgia, one part Salem bildungsroman, two minutes of adorably uncomfortable ‘80s rap, and all the eye o’ newts we could find, brewed in one seething cauldron of adolescent witchiness!

Louise’s life is changed when her latent magical powers become apparent on her sixteenth birthday. Once an uber-nerd, our new Teen Witch uses her gifts for love, homework, and popularity, only to realize that her sorcery comes with serious complications. A cotton-candy comedy packed with teased-out neon fashion and an earworm’s worth of original songs (you’re gonna have to dig deep to Top That!), Teen Witch is a spellbinding staple brought to life by a cast with supernatural appeal: the sexy duo of Robyn Lively and Dan Gauthier, Near Dark’s Joshua John Miller and Poltergeist’s Zelda Rubinstein.

Dir. Dorian Walker, 1989, 35mm, 94 min.

Speaking of potions both innocuous and iniquitous, who could forget 1986′s Disney Channel original, The Worst Witch? We follow the clumsy Mildred (Fairuza Balk, before her turn as The Craft‘s nefarious Nancy) in her efforts at Ms. Cackle’s International Academy for Witches. Between terror tag, broomstick lessons, and potions class, Mildred’s school year is turning out to be abracadismal—if only she believed in herself! Featuring a musical showstopper from the Grand Wizard (who else but Tim Curry himself), The Worst Witch is where Halloween kitsch meets girl power, where a girl (or ghoul) like Mildred can realize that no matter her doubts, “Once in a purple moon, there is a special young witch who shines above the rest!”

Dir. Robert Young, 1986, Digital presentation, 70 min.

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