The film holds a rare 100% in the film critics site , based on reviews from 33 critics with an average rating of 7. The Witches is a strange film which has a perfect but misunderstood balance between a dark fairy tale and a snicky adult satire. Secondly, the underlying metaphor the film tries to pull off at how cruel these social workers and charity people can be, instead of preventing the cruelty, is funny. It deals with the legends of evil witches by showing childrenthat good overcomes evil. When Luke is attacked by a strange woman who most probably was a witch, Helga realizes that her grandson has suffered enough already and needs a break. Generally the effects for this movie are well crafted and not at all dated.
Pictures, Countries of movie : United Kingdom, Language of movie : English, Durationof movie : 91 Min Average vote of movie : 6. Stringer Rowan Atkinson , Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches. The whole concept is a multileveled parody: firstly the childish phobias of mean witches are depicted pleasantly. The result is that the movie might be too intense for smaller viewers although some of them these days seem hardened to anything. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Luke Jasen Fisher is a little boy whose parents take him on vacation to visit his grandmother Helga Mai Zetterling. While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga Mai Zetterling , young Luke Jasen Fisher inadvertently spies on a convention of witches.
When Luke accidentally crosses paths with theGrand High Witch and her Witch minions, it is up to him, Bruno Jenkins,and Grandma to save all the children of England! Huston, whose energy dominates the film, dresses like a vampire vamp with stiletto heels, a tight black dress, a severe hair style and blazing red lipstick. Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: , Children , Production Co: Jim Henson Productions, Lorimar Film Entertainment Distributors: Warner Bros. And best of all, it is free to try. The grand high witch without herface mask is really a terrible sight! She is exceptional being threatening and spooky not necessarily in her real grotesque appearance but with her ice cold stare. She provides therefore the human element of tragedy in the movie. Wandering through the labyrinthine hallways of the old hotel, Luke stumbles upon a private meeting one day, and discovers to his horror that the Society is actually a convention of witches - and that Huston, the fabled Grand High Witch, has plans to turn all of the children in England into mice. Her entire performance is so over the top and wonderful, it is almost as if Dahl had written her character's performance into the script.
Much of the rest was shot on location in the situated on the coast in , Cornwall. Throughout the score, the appears, highly reminiscent of 's Mvt. I highly doubt your nose grows a full foot longer once you've removed your face, and I highly doubt any one else would think that too - This is the reason why wicca is called wicca nowadays and not Witchcraft, to separate the two practices - signed, an amateur wiccan theologist. Helga regales Luke with stories of witches, dangerouscreatures who seek to harm children. But you can spot them if you get a good look at them, because they have square feet. Luke is witness to this entire reveal behind a panel to the side of the main platform. Also it was way too strong and strange toattract a family audience.
The kid and his granny take matters into their own hands and use the witches' plot against them. The supporting performances are very nicely judged Atkinson asthe snooty hotel manager, Zetterlig as the wise grandmother, etc. A lot of stories end with everybody living happily ever after, but they're boring stories unless there seems to be a good chance that unspeakable dangers must be survived on the way to the ending. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. She tells stories of evil witches and how her best childhood friend was kidnapped by a witch. The film may prove a little too much for them but it's great, with good performances and some enchanting music at the start, the film gives the look of a real family movie. Mai Zetterling is favourable as Luke's grandmother who attempts to bring down the witch's hideous crimes.
The flood wrote off much of the production team's electrical equipment on the floor below. . Luke and Helga return to their home, where they are delivered Ernst's trunk full of money and an address book of all witches in the United States. The following people did special puppeteer work in this film: Anthony Asbury, Bruno's mouse form , Sue Dacre, , , Robert Tygner, and Luke's mouse form. What will the boy do? Then it turns out that his grandmother is teaching him about witches, before becoming overwhelmed by the death of his parents. Both versions and any television screenings use the original negative of the film, instead of matting it down to 1.
Some of the sequences are predictable from other movies about people who shrink to microscopic size. It is the witches meeting scene that perhaps gives us the most terrifying visual aspect of the film: We see the Grand High Witch played perfectly by Angelica Huston and the rest of the witches in England transform into their true selves, removing their shoes to reveal stumpy toes, scratching their wigs off to reveal scaly, rash-riddled bald heads and removing their gloves to reveal claw like fingers. As a result the film suffered from a severe identity crisis and failed to reach a target audience: a bit too dark for kids and the adults easily misjudged it as a run-of-the-mill childish corny movie. It's a very strange movie--definitely a one of a kind. He is captured by them and metamorphosised into a mouse, butstill comes up with a plot to wipe them out. The story finds a young boy named Luke moving in with his Grandma followingthe death of his parents. When Luke's parents are killed in a car accident Helga takes the orphaned child under her custody and does her best to fill the void.
Witches may use magic, but the real-life comparison is much worse to contemplate. Oh, there is also a cameo by a then obscure Rowan Atkinson who is sadly underused. It is the idea of being abducted by a complete stranger that Roeg truly coveys with this opening scene. The Grand High Witch herself has to go as far as to remove her entire face to reveal the most hideous and disturbing sight this side of Freddy Krueger. The tragedy serves the purpose of reminding us that children are not immune to the tragic and somber aspects of life. She definitely steals the show in this one, althoughMai Zetterling does give one that warm nurturing feeling as the wisebut kind grandma.