In researching my upcoming novel, not only do I have to read everything I can about witchcraft, but every once in a while I get to settle in and even watch a movie based on witches. I’ve compiled a list of my top 7 favorite witch movies below.
The Blair Witch Project – Top honors have to go to this film! Even though you never see the witch on film, she remains more terrifying than any other. This film created an illusion of truth through its marketing and presentation (shaky film footage) that left some audience members trembling in their seats and others physically ill. No wonder it was the most successful independent movie of all time.
The Harry Potter Movies – Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a total Harry Potter geek. What kid didn’t dream of being a witch or wizard after seeing those films?
Practical Magic – This is one of my favorite movies. I love all of the crazy spells and the “signs” that they see in the moon. Throw in a little romance, kidnapping, and murder, and it makes for a great Saturday night!
The Witches of Eastwick – A classic! Three women discover their magical powers by accident when they are seduced by the same devil-like man. From sharing a man to taking back control of their lives, it’s a fun movie to watch.
The Craft – Take the new girl at school and throw her in with a group of misfit witches and it’s The Breakfast Club meets The Witches of Eastwick. What is not to like?
Beautiful Creatures – Okay, I know it’s not everyone’s favorite, but I loved the entire idea about a witch coming of age and being claimed by the light or the dark based on her “true nature”. How many of us could pass a test like that?
Dark Shadows – Oh, I can almost hear the groan from the peanut gallery, but I honestly enjoy this film. I love the idea of a witch as a scorned lover and seeking her revenge. It doesn’t hurt that the man in question is the always sexy Johnny Depp, but the overall lesson is there. That will teach a man not to love ’em and leave ’em.
There you have it. My list of the best witch movies to watch again and again. I don’t call it procrastinating, I call it research. Who knew research could be so much fun?