The Witches

Film, Fantasy
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A gutsy version of Roald Dahl's story, reasonably faithful despite the changed ending. Luke (Fisher) and his Norwegian grandmother (Zetterling), both clued up on witch-lore, end up sharing a seaside hotel with a coven. Led by the Grand High Witch (Huston), the witches plan to turn all of England's children into mice. Distinctive casting has paid off, (Huston splendidly glam, camp and evil; Zetterling the voice of maternal moderation; Rowan Atkinson an obsessive hotel manager), and the adaptation recreates the sense of foreboding that gives way to gruesome reality. Customary Roeg concerns are evident, but issues of identity are given darkly humourous expression, while directorial extravagance is held in check by an outrageous plot about supernatural transformation, and there are some wonderful special effects from Jim Henson's crew. Strange and scary enough to fascinate parents and offspring alike.

By: CM

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Screenwriter: Allan Scott
Cast: Anjelica Huston
Mai Zetterling
Jasen Fisher
Charlie Potter
Bill Paterson
Brenda Blethyn
Rowan Atkinson

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