Scaretober-Movie Review: The Witches (1990)

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Welcome to the thirtieth of October! I hope that your year has been going well. If you have been with me a while, you will know that every year I attempt to watch a lot of scary movies for October mostly to cure myself of my wariness of scary movies. When I started this series several years ago, I could barely sit through a scary movie to save my life. Now since doing this series I can say that I am much better. Last year, I decided to attempt to add books to this series. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up completing this series last year, but I have high hopes for this year 😉

Today’s movie in case you haven’t figured it out is Witches starring Angelica Huston. Last year I read the book written by Roald Dahl, you can read that review here. It was also announced recently that Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer will star in a remake of this movie, which may be out by the time this post goes live on HBO Max. ( I know so many streaming services, how 2020!)

The movie stays pretty true to Roald Dahl’s original book in which Luke’s grandma ends up caring for Luke after his parents are killed in a car accident. Luke’s grandma begins telling Luke stories about her encounters with witches and how to identify them. After a strange encounter with “diabetes”, the doctor recommends a seaside holiday for Luke’s grandma. Luke and his grandma arrive at the hotel and find that there is a convention also happening at the hotel. Luke wanders the hotel and mets another child named Bruno, who is also staying at the hotel with his parents. Luke’s grandmother begins to sense that something strange is happening at the hotel, but can’t figure out what.

I won’t give away the whole movie, since even though this movie isn’t scary. I thought that this movie was fun and definitely a good Halloween movie to watch. I definitely enjoyed the movie just as much as the book, even though the ending of the movie is slightly different than the book. I look forward at some point watching the new movie and seeing how it compares to the book.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you will stay tuned to more movie reviews that will be coming soon as we round out this edition of Scaretober. See you soon!

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