Witches A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children. Saving the world from witches is a tall order for a boy they’ve turned into a mouse!
When this came out in 1990 critics loved it, but audiences stayed away. Real witches attacked the film because it portrayed witches as evil, ugly and wanting to kill all children. They overreacted–it’s just a FANTASY, not reality. Also it was way too strong (and strange) to attract a family audience…too scary for kids and adults assumed it was a kids movie. But it is a good fantasy for high schoolers and adults.
Nicholas Roegs’ direction is off-putting (he directs it like it’s high art), but the special effects are truly incredible (especially the mice) and there are wonderful performances by Zetterling and Huston (going WAY over the top in her acting).
It’s a very strange movie–definitely a one of a kind. It’s worth a look.
I’ve always thought this was a great movie