Our Love Affair With Witches In The Cinema

There’s long been a love affair between cinema goers and witches, as some of the most memorable films of all time have been based on them. We have seen witches have a huge impact where entertainment is concerned, with TV shows like Charmed and games such as mFortune’s brilliant Which Witch all taking their inspiration from these somewhat supernatural beings. However, the love affair began in the cinema and there have been some great witch-based movies released over the years.

The Witches of Eastwick

While many would suggest that a single witch in a film is real value for money, you get three in this one. Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon star in what is a funny yet spooky story of how three women conjure up the man of their dreams. The three women aren’t initially aware of their powers or the fact that they’ve formed a coven, but they soon realize, and it helps to bring them closer together as their dream man has dark plans of his own.

Hocus Pocus

The 90s were huge for witch films and one of the most famous is Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus is one of those movies that most people will have watched at least once in their lifetime, as the Sanderson sisters who are made up of three witches are brought back to life for one night only. It’s in 1993 that a boy inadvertently brings the trio back to life and the witches go on to wreak havoc in Salem, Massachusetts. What Disney have managed to do is create three witches who are in many ways undesirable but lovable in equal measures.

Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria is a classic witch related movie and arguably one of the scariest too. It centers in a story that sees Suzy Bannion head to one of the top ballet academies in Germany. However, there had been a string of strange and worrying disappearances and this sees Suzy seek to discover the reason behind them. Yes, you guessed it, a coven of witches. It’s a film with a seriously dark plot that features many anxiety inducing scenes, but it does a great job of portraying the evil side to witches that seems to have been lost in the modern era. Suspiria is also part of a trilogy known as “The Three Mothers,” with all three movies worth a watch.

The Witch

The Witch, like Suspiria, is a truly terrifying horror film but one that everyone should take time to watch. Viewers are sent back to the 17th century where a family is plagued by what is described as “The Witch of the Woods.” Their nightmare begins when a new born child vanishes from the arms of the family’s teenage daughter, but this is only the beginning. The family is at loggerheads due to a series of events and start to turn on their teenage daughter in particular, as a witch hunt begins with the ending being truly memorable.

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