Favorite Movie Witches

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

For Halloween, some of my favorite movie witches:

Kim Novak is a sexy witch who will lose her powers if she falls in love in “Bell Book and Candle.” The outstanding cast includes Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, and Elsa Lanchester.

Angelica Huston is a very scary witch who can turn humans into mice in Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.”

Meryl Streep was a singing witch in Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

Animated Disney witches include Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid,” Julie Walters in “Brave,” and Martha Wentworth as Madame Mim in “The Sword in the Stone.”

Bette Milder, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are Colonial era witches who appear in modern times in the family favorite “Hocus Pocus.”

Veronica Lake is a witch who marries the descendent of the family she cursed in “I Married a Witch.”

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Halloween Quiz: Answers!

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Congrats to Toby for the most right answers!

1. High school witches get revenge on a mean girl by making her hair fall out but then their spells become more deadly.

“The Craft”

2. When attendees at a witch convention discover that a boy knows who they are, they turn him into a mouse.

“The Witches”

3.  A brother and sister move into a haunted house and unravel a mystery about what happened to the mother of their beautiful but troubled neighbor.

“The Uninvited”

4.  A suburban mother thinks the ghosts in her home are kind of fun until they kidnap her daughter.

“Poltergeist”

5.  A young widow is befriended by the ghost of a sea captain.

“The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

6.  300 years after they were hung, three witches return to Salem, Massachusetts to suck the life from children.

“Hocus Pocus”

7.  A witch needs the heart of a star to keep her looking forever young.

“Stardust”

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8.  A witch kidnaps a princess to keep her looking forever young.

“Tangled”

9.  A beautiful witch casts a spell on a publisher to make him fall in love with her with the help of her cat, Pyewacket.

“Bell, Book, and Candle”

10.  One of America’s most acclaimed novelists wrote a book that became a movie about three witches in New England who summon a newcomer who just might be the devil.

11. The ghosts are the good guys in this story about a loving couple who retain the services of a people exterminator when a wealthy but crass couple move into their home.

“Beetlejuice”

12.  The ghost of a departed spouse creates complications (at least three possible answers!).

“Blithe Spirit,” “Hello Again,” and “Kiss Me Goodbye”

 

Bonus question: What actress played witches in two of the movies listed above?

Michelle Pfeiffer!

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Kim Novak: DVD Treasury

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Kim Novak was one of the sultriest stars of the 1950’s. She is probably best remembered for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo as the mysterious women (or is it woman?) who drove Jimmy Stewart crazy. He plays a detective who is hired to protect the wife of a wealthy man but is unable to prevent her from committing suicide when she climbs up to the top of a tower because of his fear of heights. Then, when he meets another woman who resembles her, he becomes obsessed with making her over to look exactly like the woman who died. “All right, All right!” she says. “If I let you change me, will you love me then?” It was selected as the second greatest film of all time in 2002 by the prestigious film journal “Sight and Sound.” (First was “Citizen Kane.”)

Some of Novak’s best other films are now available in the new The Kim Novak Collection box set, including her re-teaming with Stewart in the delightful romantic comedy, “Bell, Book, and Candle,” co-starring Jack Lemmon, Elsa Manchester, and Ernie Kovacs. She plays a witch who enchants a man so that he falls in love with her, only to risk losing her powers by falling for him.

She co-stars with Rita Hayworth and Frank Sinatra in the cynical musical “Pal Joey” (with the classic songs, “My Funny Valentine,” “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” and “The Lady is a Tramp”). And it has “Picnic,” the story of the prettiest girl in a small town, who has to decide between the safe guy her mother wants her to marry and the drifter who captures her heart. The dance number mingling “Moonglow” and the movie’s theme is one of the most memorable moments on film.

Liz Smith catches up with Novak on the Wowowow website. “Hollywood categorized me as a blonde sex-pot, period. And to go on doing that would have killed me.” She now lives in Oregon with her husband and sounds very contented. I am happy for her, and happy for a whole new generation who will get to enjoy these films.

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