ALL OF THEM WITCHES: The Witches

In what may be the strangest family flick collaboration on record, British auteur Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Bad Timing) teamed up with Jim Henson to adapt a book by the bizarre and beloved author of children’s fiction, Roald Dahl (The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach). The result—a darkly comedic and, frankly, kinda disturbing fairy tale that Dahl himself declared “utterly appalling”—is an eccentric masterwork that’s been both delighting and destroying kids of all ages for more than twenty years. It’s pure kindertrauma when a coven of witches try to rid Britain of youngsters by turning them into teeny-tiny, fuzzy four-legged mice. Fiendishly funny and devilishly magical, this fantastical nightmare even supplies a deliriously wicked, over-the-top turn from Angelica Huston and imaginative mouse-a-tronic puppetry from Henson’s creature shop… entertainment perfect for The Witching Hour!

Dir. Nicholas Roeg, 1990, 35mm, 92 min.

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