The ten best movie witches

Hollywood's most notable hocus pocus hags

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Vampires are dead: 2013 is officially the season of the witch. As ‘Beautiful Creatures’ (aka ‘the new “Twilight”’) opens, Cath Clarke and Tom Huddleston pick the best screen sorceresses.

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Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele)

Film
'Black Sunday' (1960)

Appearance
Classy. The imperious anti-heroine of Mario Bava’s spectral masterpiece first appears at her own trial, dressed to kill in a slinky silk number. Unfortunately, the spiked-mask accessory which the revenge-crazed locals insist on adding does spoil the ensemble somewhat.

Evil deeds
Blood-drinking, corpse-reanimation, demonic possession, worshipping Satan, impersonating the aristocracy – the whole gamut, really.

Scare factor
9/10 – if only for the mind-blowing scene where her rotted visage recomposes itself with the assistance of a droplet of spilled blood.

Wyrd words
‘You, too, can feel the joy and happiness of hating!’


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