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Why You Should Add “The Witches” to Your Halloween Movie Watchlist

Every year, we all get excited to watch the classic Halloween movies. Movies like Halloweentown, Twitches, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Hocus Pocus are definitely on repeat this time of year if you enjoy family-friendly spooky films. But if you like horror, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th are probably further up your alley. While I love all these movies and watch a good mix of kid-friendly and horror movies throughout the season, there are some movies that hold a more dear place in my heart than others. Specifically, The Witches (1990) is one of my favorite movies.

Even though I don’t personally own The Witches, I look forward to watching it every Halloween and make a point to stream it. Based on Roald Dahl’s book by the same name, The Witches is such a good cult classic — creepy enough to keep the attention of adult viewers, but not terrifying like some of the other Halloween movies. For these reasons and so many more, I definitely recommend watching The Witches this Halloween season if you haven’t seen it!

The movie focuses on the adventures of a young boy with his grandmother. The young boy, Luke, has recently been orphaned; this motivates his trip to England with his Grandma. Soon after his arrival in England, Luke and his grandma come into contact with some slightly aggressive and extremely creepy women whose eyes glow bright purple while staying at a hotel. One day, Luke snoops around a conference room this group of women has occupied within the hotel, and when the doors to the room shut, Luke realizes that the women are different than they appear at first sight… That is the overall plot of the movie, but obviously, I don’t want to share all the details because you have to watch it to learn the ending!

I love the movie for its mix of light, scare techniques, and overall good humor and charm. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who’s looking for a new Halloween movie they may have never seen. This is also a great option for anyone who may be doesn’t like horror, but needs something a little creepier than the classic movies. However, if the 1990 version doesn’t suit your tastes, Hulu remade the movie in 2020. You might want to look into that version instead! I have never seen that version, so I cannot totally vouch for it. But — if it is anything like the original —I am sure that it will be equally perfect for all your Halloween movie-watching festivities.

happy watching!

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