The Witches (1990)

  • Nicolas Roeg
  • USA (1990)
  • PG
91 min

Roald Dahl’s twisted tales for children have solidified themselves as classics, and not just on the page – recent years have seen a bevy of new adaptations of the author’s works, including a reimagining of The Witches starring Anne Hathaway. But it couldn’t hold a candle to the real deal.

Starring iconic (and Academy-Award-winning) actress Anjelica Huston and directed by Nicolas Roeg (Walkabout), the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s remains nightmare fuel for young children everywhere. Imagining a world where gnarled witches hunt and murder children, this dark fantasy is restlessly creative and compelling three decades on. Expertly bridging the gap between childhood whimsy and arcane horror, Roeg’s The Witches remains the definitive adaptation of one of Dahl’s best stories.

“Adapted from the children’s novel by Roald Dahl, The Witches is sumptuously crafted, addled and witty, driven and macabre.” – Seattle Times

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  • Language
    English
  • Director
    Nicolas Roeg
  • Cast
    Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Rowan Atkinson
  • Screenwriter
    Allan Scott
  • Genre
    Comedy, Fantasy

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