Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #117: Halloween Edition - Witches/Warlocks


Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each.For further details visit the series main page here.


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Witches/Warlocks

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 6 - Halloween Edition: Witches/Warlock
October 13 - Halloween Edition:  Creature/Monster Features (NO Aliens/Vampires/Zombies/Werewolves) (Example of Creature/Monsters: Cujo)
October 20 - Halloween Edition: Science Fiction Horror
October 27 - Halloween Edition: Epidemic/Pandemic/Outbreak

Can you believe it that this is the third time I've run the Halloween Edition! Time flies! You know what else flies? Today's theme: witches and warlocks (which being the male equivalent of witches should be able to fly too right?). My picks today are witchy movies I've enjoyed in the past that I would love to revisit.
  

Practical Magic (1998)
I vaguely remember this being about sister witches with some romantic plot. It also stars a lot of actors I like and plus quite some time back I read a book which was like a mix of this and Chocolat, which reminded me that I would love to see this again.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Once again its about sister witches. They get resurrected and cross paths with some trick-or-treaters(?). Yep not remembering much other than it was just a fun movie which I think I may even have seen it in the theaters.

The Craft (1996)
I remember this one slightly better. New girl in school befriends a group of witches and later they overuse their powers and one (or was it all?) of the witches go crazy. I think I was a tween when I saw this and I thought it was just the coolest "teen" movie, so yeah I definitely want to rewatch this.

It seems the 90's had quite a number of these light witchy movies. Are there any in recent years that are similar?


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So that's it...my three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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13 comments:

  1. Hocus Pocus is fun and kind of goofy, though at times a little intense for young kids but I love Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy. I thought The Craft was ridiculous but then I don't think I was the target audience for it. I've avoided Practical Magic as I do most Nicole Kidman films, can't stand her, but I do like Sandra Bullock so maybe some day.

    I went with the lighter side of witchcraft for the most part today.

    I Married a Witch (1942)-Condemned to being burned at the stake along with her father 17th century witch Jennifer (Veronica Lake) puts a curse on her accuser Jonathan Wooley (Fredric March) that he and all his descendants will marry the wrong women. Their spirits captured in a tree they’re unexpectedly freed 250 years later to discover the curse is still working with the latest Wooley (also March) engaged to marry a shrew (Susan Hayward). Full of mischief and revenge the troublemaking duo decide to raise even more of a ruckus by way of a love potion but complications ensue. Supported by an excellent cast the two leads make the picture, their extraordinary chemistry remarkable since behind the scenes each bitterly hated the other. You’d never guess from what’s on screen, they seem completely swept away. The best showcase Veronica ever had, she’s seductive, alluring, humorous, seeming to carry a gossamer glow with her wherever she goes. A light as air concoction directed at breakneck speed.

    Bell, Book and Candle (1958)-Modern day witch Gillian (Kim Novak) and her cat Pyewacket, live in 50’s Greenwich Village along with her Aunt Queenie (Elsa Lanchester) and impish cousin Nicky (Jack Lemmon). She meets publisher Shep (James Stewart) and on a lark, partly because he seems immune to her and partly because Shep is engaged to her old college rival Merle (Janice Rule), she decides to make him hers by casting a love spell. Trouble starts brewing though when Gillian finds herself actually falling for Shep. That’s more than a little problem since Gill will lose her powers if she falls in love with a human. What to do? The film suits Kim’s languid style and she looks a million.

    Black Sunday (1960)-In the diametric opposite of I Married a Witch cult star Barbara Steel is Asa, a 16th century high priestess of Satan executed, along with several of her followers, by having a spiked mask hammered into her face. As punishment is meted out she vows vengeance of her accusers returning 200 years hence to inhabit the body of her doppelganger and reap bloody retribution. Trendsetting Italian Gothic horror movie is loaded with atmosphere and style though short on actual frights, excepting those opening scenes, but is permeated with creepy dread.

    Unmissable Bonus-Bewitched (1964-1972)-Beautiful blonde Samantha Stevens lives on Morning Glory Circle in quaint Westport with her often exasperated adman husband Darrin and their adorable kids Tabatha and Adam, plus nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz, while her zany, often difficult family drop in frequently unannounced causing no end of troubles. Big troubles too since Samantha and all her relatives are witches who strongly disapprove of her marriage to a mere mortal. A monster TV hit in its day with a cast full of expert comic actors chief among them Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha/and her swingin’ cousin Serena, Agnes Moorehead as her firebrand of a mother Endora, Paul Lynde as jokester Uncle Arthur and Marion Lorne as the befuddled Aunt Clara this is often considered a subtle metaphor for interracial marriage at a time when that was causing much upheaval. Inspired in part by my first two picks. Avoid the ghastly 2005 remake at all costs!!!

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    1. Oh I love Bewitched... The original TV series of course. For a time we used to get all these classic American sitcoms and I used to watch them after school.

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  2. Hocus Pocus is one of my favorite Halloween movies! Practical Magic I really liked as a kid, but I haven't seen it since and don't remember it. I haven't seen The Craft.

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    1. You haven't seen The Craft! You have to get to it...it's like the 90s supernatural teen flick.

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  3. I still have to see Hocus Pocus which looks like it would be fun and I like Bette Midler. I haven't seen The Craft yet either but we match with Practical Magic which is a hoot.

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  4. THE CRAFT!!!! LOVE. Such a '90s goth throwback.

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    1. Yes! Which why I would love to see it again.

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  5. I haven't seen any of these, but I'm interested in watching the first two.

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  6. All great choices, especially Practical Magic! It was a terrible review on RT, but it's one of my all-time favorites!

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  7. Gonna have to confess. All of these are movies I should have seen by now, but haven't. Ugh.

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    1. Not even Hocus Pocus...aww. Kids love it.

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  8. Witchy theme here - I have similar picks too.

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  9. I have two of the same picks and I recently tried to watch The Craft but I paused it for some reason, and now haven't finished watching it.And definitely watch Practical Magic again, it's worth it!

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