HEAVY MIDNITES' "THE WITCHING HOUR": The Witches

“Deliciously cruel to children; Roeg remains true to [Roald] Dahl’s underlying sense of real horror.” – Empire Magazine

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 in the late-’80s with Jim Henson to adapt a book by Willy Wonka creator Roald Dahl. The result: a eccentric masterwork that’s been both delighting and destroying kids of all ages for more than twenty years — a darkly comedic and, frankly, kinda disturbing fairy tale that Dahl himself declared “utterly appalling; I want it known I wouldn’t allow a child to see it!” It’s pure kindertrauma, as a coven of witches tries to rid Britain of youngsters by turning them into teeny-tiny, fuzzy four-legged mice. And, this fantastical nightmare fuel is centered around a deliriously wicked, over-the-top turn from Angelica Huston and imaginative mouse-a-tronic puppetry from Henson’s creature shop. Fiendishly funny and devilishly magical entertainment perfect for The Witching Hour.
Dir. Nicolas Roeg, 1990, 35mm, 91 min.

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