Thursday, 6 October 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Witches/Warlocks



Gearing up for Halloween and my annual treat to myself when I watch Caroline, Frankenweenie and The Cabin in the Woods. This year I got myself a new comedy horror to try and get through, The Final Girl, which looks....interesting.

I would have just picked American Horror Story: Coven for this but instead I played along.

Don't forget to check out what Wandering Through the Shelves picked, the blog that started Thursday Movie Picks.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 


As this was my favourite book in the series, I picked the film to join it. I actually only read the first four books and gave up mid book 5, sorry too long and life is too short. It goes for the films, except I sat through those. What was the actual point of The Half Blood Prince? I know there is a lot of Potter fans out there so I'll be brief. Azkaban was brilliant, its the first time we got to Hogsmeade and the great ever prop/magical device is used, The Marauder’s Map. I have my own, the only Potter memorabilia I have and will have. It’s a work of art. Also, this is the one book/film that is not about Voldemort, which is refreshing, its about Gary Oldman which I much prefer.

The Craft


A 90s teen movie about a group of girls who practice witchcraft? Of course I watched this when I was young! Once crazy girl, two stooges and one with natural talent, that’s the way it always goes. I re-watched this at some point last year, (Halloween maybe?) and it’s as bizarre and crazy as I remembered. It’s not said enough but hell is a teenage girl, as being a teenage girl is utter hell. The film may be about the supernatural but deep down this is what its about. Also the witch craft off is brilliant, its worth it just to see Fairuza Balk with full make up on smiling that terrifying smile with thunder and lightening surrounding her. 


Hocus Pocus
 For years I refused to watch this thinking it was horror (it had Sarah Jessica Parker in it) then later realising my mistake, I thought it was trash (it had Sarah Jessica Parker in it). Realising my mistake again, I watched at Uni and loved it. I mean, it had Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy in it. Three witch sisters kills children by stealing their youth and are hanged in Salem, then 300 years later a young idiot tries to impress a girl and accidentally resurrects the witches. Its ridiculously brilliant. 

Couldn't resist...

The Sword in the Stone


How could I not include this other Disney classic? The beginnings of King Arthur and his strange lessons as a fish and squirrel with Merlin and Archimedes, his educated pet owl who has the best laugh. Not only is there a wizard but there is also an underrated villain, Mad Madame Mim, a witch and Merlin’s nemesis. The Wizard’s Duel is the best scene (apart from the squirrels) in the film.

13 comments:

  1. Great picks! I need to re-watch Hocus Pocus, I don't remember much from it.

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    1. Halloween is coming up so it will be the perfect time!

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  2. Great picks! Prison of Azkaban is actually one of my least favorite movies due to Cuaron's directing and Watson's overacting. But I did like that it took a darker tone. Hocus Pocus is one of my favorites. I watch it every October.

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    1. I find the dark films are better and delve deeper than the surface which is what I felt from the other films, apart from The Goblet of Fire, which I also liked.

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  3. Great fits for the theme. Azkaban is a good Potter adventure and one of the better books in the series. I listened to them all on audio discs, which was great since I had an extended drive when they were out and they are nothing if not long.

    The Craft was ludicrous but then I'm not its target audience!

    I stayed away from Hocus Pocus for the same reason as you-SJP! But once I watched it was an okay film though rather mean spirited for something directed at kids.

    I went all classic this week and for the majority lighter hearted stuff.

    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. I didn't watch Hocus Pocus for years because I thought it was scary, which it is, but over all, it is Bette Milder playing a witch.

      Ah yes The craft - but that's why I like it because its over the top and crazy!

      I saw Bell, Book and Candle on Birgit's picks - looks good! not heard of Black Sunday but it sounds scary BUT I am intrigued by the story.

      Bewitched is great - loved it when I was younger.

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  4. The third film of the Potter series is often regarded as the best as it marked the time the series started to get darker, and I agree, it's the best of the series. Haven't seen your other picks but did stumble across their names trying to pick films for the topic

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    1. It was time to 'get dark' plus it has all the cool things like the map, Hogsmeade trips and butterbeer. Plus they were out of their uniforms for once and in normal clothes.

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  5. The Prisoner of Azkaban is also my favourite Harry Potter book/movie for the reasons you mentioned. I love Voldemort (I know it sounds creepy, but I do) but I was really nice having an "episode" focused on someone else, and Sirius Black is such a wonderful character, and my favourite among the good guys.

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    1. Hey its ok, we've all got a creepy thing we like. Yes! Exactly, a break from V made the next story even more hard hitting I found.

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  6. I tho I thought I would see a whole lot more on Harry Potter so nice to see it here. Would like to see the other 2 films now

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  7. Awesome picks! Prisoner of Azkaban is really one of the best of the series, if not the best. I totally agree - it's refreshing that the movie isn't about Voldemort but another aspect of Harry's life and his parents. Half-Blood Prince is one of my favorite books 'cause of everything about Tom Riddle and the Horcruxes. Of all the books to get cut down for the movies, ugh - that is not my favorite adaptation of the bunch. :P Hocus Pocus is a total classic.

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  8. Similar choices here.. and I struggled with the idea of adding Harry Potter. I mean, it's for sure my favorite, and it has witches but I decided against it. But turns out, not many mentioned Harry Potter so cudos to you for doing it! And PoA is MY FAV too, just as Katy said, it was the one where I fell in love.. And I listed Hocus Pocus as well. :)

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