The ten best movie witches
Hollywood's most notable hocus pocus hags
Tue Feb 12 2013
Asa Vajda (Barbara Steele)
'Black Sunday' (1960)
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.
Blood-drinking, corpse-reanimation, demonic possession, worshipping Satan, impersonating the aristocracy – the whole gamut, really.
9/10 – if only for the mind-blowing scene where her rotted visage recomposes itself with the assistance of a droplet of spilled blood.
‘You, too, can feel the joy and happiness of hating!’