We bring you the 10 best witch movies of all time, a collection in which titles such as The Witch, The Blair Witch Project,Drag Me to Hell or The Witches of Zugarramurdi could not be missed.
The Witch, film released in 2016 and directed by Robert Eggers may be the last great example of a movie starring witches. However, as expected, it is not the only one that exists.
As it happens with vampires, werewolves, zombies, among other characters, there have been numerous films that have had as protagonist one or several witches, popular character in the Western world. That’s why we wanted to compile the 10 best witch movies of all time.
Drag Me to Hell
Sam Raimi, director known for directing the first trilogy of Spider-Man and the films of the Evil Dead series, returns to his origins in Drag Me to Hell, a horror movie released in 2009.
The story of this film focuses on a young woman who gives loans and how, one day, in an attempt to surprise her boss, she denies a new extension of an old woman’s loan. What is not expected Christine, the protagonist, is that the old woman throw a curse on her, in order to sink her into hell for the rest of her days. The genius of this film lies in its ability to recover the satanic theme that, a few years later, also made, spectacularly, The Witch.
The Blair Witch Project
Little presentation needs The Blair Witch Project, a 1999 movie called to make history. Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, this prisological horror film revolves around a supposed story in which three young filmmakers disappear in a spot in Burkittsville (Maryland, United States) when they had traveled there to shoot a documentary about the legend of the “Blair Witch”.
The originality of the film lies in the presentation to the viewer as a comparison of pieces of footage rescued from different video tapes that would correspond to the technical team of these three young people. These young people who are considered missing after not having clue about his whereabouts in more than a year. The project of the Witch of Blair became a global phenomenon for its original narrative format and its totally “amateur” aesthetic that added even more plausibility to the story.
The return of the witches (Hocus Pocus)
There is nothing that can resist Disney. The company produced, in 1993, one of the best witch movies we have seen: The Return of the Witches. This movie starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimi and Sarah Jessica Parker tells the story of three witches who are frustrated by their desire to torment the town of Salem by three teenagers and a zombie.
Now, that a witch movie is fun does not mean it’s a bad movie, because, despite what it may seem, it reflects the theme quite well and is tremendously funny.
Similar case is that of the film The Craft, directed by Andrew Fleming and released in 1996. It is a film starring teenagers in which the typical problems of high school are treated, but under a supernatural theme.
In the same way that a comic strip like Hocus Pocus can be a good witch movie, Young witches is also, although, in this, the comic is considerably reduced to give way to a certain degree of seriousness when dealing with the supernatural.
The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers and released in 2016, is a film that explores the fears of the seventeenth century moving us to a God-fearing family that, after being expelled from the community in which he lived, settles in the vicinity of a forest in which a supernatural presence lives that will soon make his own. He will wither his maize plantation, he will kidnap the children and he will sow the bewilderment.
An outstanding soundtrack, a unique cast and the concept of witch that projects are the main reasons for its consideration as one of the best films of 2016. Its director, newbie in that role, managed to get into his pocket so much fans of this type of movies like the entire film industry, who are waiting for their next job. If you have not seen it yet, then its time to watch it now.
The Witches of Eastwick
Based on the novel of the same name by John Updike, The Witches of Eastwick is a supernatural comedy, directed by the great George Miller, which has a luxury cast: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher and Susan Sarandon .
Following the lines of some of the previous examples, George Miller’s film moves away from terror to offer a search for the perfect man in which the great performance of Jack Nicholson and the spells performed by the witches are the highlights of this.
Lords of Salem
Separate case is The Lords of Salem, a film directed by Rod Zombie that made a controversial step at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival in 2012 and had the support of the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious Jason Blum and Oren Peli .
Rod Zombie’s film focuses on Heidi, a DJ at a radio station in Salem, Masachussetts. One day, it receives a mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record that, when reproduced, produces sounds that immediately provoke flashbacks of Salem’s violent past .
Witching and Bitching
One of the geniuses of Witching and Bitching is its location to the current society, revealing the delicate situation that is going through it with the reasons that lead to commit the robbery to the characters of Hugo Silva and Mario Casas.
With The Witching and Bitching, Álex de la Iglesia proposes a clearly feminine Spanish film in which they, witches embodied by actresses such as Carolina Bang and Carmen Maura, lead the baton in a film in which humor and originality stand out. the cast.
The Witches is another film starring witches, aimed at children, which holds many cinematographic references. Directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring actress Anjelica Huston , known for giving life to the character of Morticia Addams , The Witches, as this film is known in English, tells the story of some witches who make children one of the greatest enemies of these, in mice.
As we said before, a witch movie, although it deals with comedy, can be a good movie. In this case, in addition to being a great adaptation of Dahl’s novel, with a great animation work from behind, it is tremendously entertaining and one of the films that best reflects how one of the most popular characters in the Western world.
Talking about horror movies is talking about Suspiria and more in the theme of witches. Directed by the Italian director Dario Argento, this film is about a horror film classic for the way of portraying the story of murders that take place in a dance academy run by witches. A remake of this film is underway and is expected to be released in 2018.
For those of you who do not know Suspiria, you must know that it is, with total security, the most beautiful horror movie in the history of cinema. Visually speaking, thanks to an exaggerated use of color, which causes a great contrast between the colors; abstract decorations and unrealistic lighting. A classic that, although it does not cause any fright, deserves to be seen.