Witches and Witchcraft - on the Screen

Witches and Sorceresses, the good, wicked, beautiful and ugly in movies and on TV with facts, ratings, photos and quotes.

Haxan (1922)
Haxan (1922)

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922) Directed by Benjamin Christensen. 87mins.

The Witch - Maren Pedersen

Clara Pontoppidan - Nun
Elith Pio - Witch Judge
Oscar Stribolt - Doctor
John Andersen - Chief Inquisitor
Benjamin Christensen - The Devil

This must have been a shocker in its time, filmed like a documentary but with dramatised sequences. A study of witchcraft and satanism through history, the film includes scenes of torture, nudity and sexual perversion. The film's final assessment was that witches and devil worshippers were most likely mentally ill people.

Made in Sweden this was the most expensive Scandinavian film at that time.

IMDB rating 7.7

Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (1937)
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (1937)

Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (1937) Directed by David Hand. 83mins.

The Evil Queen - Lucille La Verne (voice) - The Queen / Old Crone

Adriana Caselotti - Snow White (voice)
Harry Stockwell - Prince (voice)
Roy Atwell - Doc (voice)
Pinto Colvig - Grumpy (voice)
Moroni Olsen - Magic Mirror (voice)

A landmark movie. Disney's gamble, the first feature length animated movie, was a massive hit. The most successful film of the 1930s until the release of Gone With the Wind in 1939.

Adjusted for inflation Snow White has grossed $874m in North America alone, the highest grossing animated film of all time.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939) Directed by Victor Fleming.101mins.

The Witch - Margaret Hamilton - The Wicked Witch of the West / Miss Gulch

Judy Garland - Dorothy Gale
Frank Morgan - The Wizard of Oz / Professor Marvel
Ray Bolger - The Scarecrow / Hunk
Bert Lahr - The Cowardly Lion / Zeke
Jack Haley - The Tin Man / Hickory
Billie Burke - Glinda, The Good Witch of the North

Wicked Witch: Who killed my sister? Who killed the Witch of the East? Was it you?
Dorothy: No, no. It was an accident. I didn't mean to kill anybody.
Wicked Witch: Well, my little pretty, I can cause accidents, too!

Margaret Hamilton (1902-1985) as 'The Wicked Witch of the West', the most famous witch in film history. Her look, mannerisms, voice and cackle was copied and parodied by TV, film and pantomime witches ever since.

Gale Sondergaard was screen-tested for the role of the Witch before it went to Hamilton.

Wicked Witch: Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too!

IMDB rating 8.2

I Married a Witch (1942) Lobby card
I Married a Witch (1942) Lobby card

I Married a Witch (1942) Directed by Rene Clair. 77mins.

The Witch - Veronica Lake - Jennifer

Fredric March - Wallace Wooley
Robert Benchley - Dr. Dudley White
Susan Hayward - Estelle Masterson
Cecil Kellaway - Daniel
Elizabeth Patterson - Margaret

A romantic comedy. Cecil Kellaway and Veronica Lake play father and daughter witches who are burnt at the stake but not before placing a curse on Fredric March and his descendants.

Fredric March and Veronica Lake did not get along during filming, March referred to the film as 'I Married a B!tch'.

IMDB rating 7.1

Kim Novak in Bell Book and Candle (1958)
Kim Novak in Bell Book and Candle (1958)
James Stewart and Kim Novak in Bell Book and Candle (1958)
James Stewart and Kim Novak in Bell Book and Candle (1958)

Bell Book and Candle (1958) Directed by Richard Quine. 106mins.

The Witch - Kim Novak - Gillian Holroyd

James Stewart - Shepherd Henderson
Jack Lemmon - Nicky Holroyd
Ernie Kovacs - Sidney Redlitch
Hermione Gingold - Bianca de Passe
Elsa Lanchester - Aunt Queenie Holroyd

James Stewart falls in love with Kim Novak and discovers that she is a witch.

Shep Henderson: That girl you know, Gillian Holroyd, she's one.
Merle Kittridge: A witch?
Shep Henderson: Yes!
Merle Kittridge: Shep, you just never learned to spell.

Stewart and Novak starred in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo released just a few months earlier.

IMDB rating 6.8

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty (1959) Directed by Clyde Geronimi. 75mins.

The Sorceress - Eleanor Audley - Maleficent (voice)

Mary Costa - Princess Aurora (voice)
Bill Shirley - Prince Phillip (voice)
Verna Felton - Flora (voice)
Barbara Jo Allen - Fauna (voice)
Barbara Luddy - Merryweather (voice)

Maleficent: Listen well, all of you. The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But... before the sun sets on her 16th birthday she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel - AND DIE!

Walt Disney worked on Sleeping Beauty throughout the 1950s, at a cost of $6m it was the most expensive Disney film at the time.

Maleficent: Now, shall you deal with ME, O Prince - and all the powers of HELL! AHAHAHAHAHA!

IMDB rating 7.4

Barbara Steele in Black Sunday (1960)
Barbara Steele in Black Sunday (1960)

Black Sunday (1960) aka The Mask of Satan. Directed by Mario Bava. 87mins.

Barbara Steele - Princess Asa Vajda / Katia Vajda
John Richardson - Dr. Andre Gorobec
Andrea Checchi - Dr. Thomas Kruvajan
Ivo Garrani - Prince Vajda
Arturo Dominici - Igor Javutich
Enrico Olivieri - Prince Vajda

Italian horror classic from director Mario Bava.

A witch vows revenge before being sentenced to death for sorcery in 1630 Moldavia. Centuries later her tomb is opened and blood is spilt on her rotting corpse, the witch is revived seeking vengeance on those that executed her.

Black Sunday was very successful turning Barbara Steele into the horror queen of the 1960s.

Asa Vajda: You will never escape my vengeance! My revenge will seek you out, and with the blood of your sons, and of their sons, and their sons I will continue to live forever! They will restore me to life you now rob from me!

IMDB rating 7.4

Judi Meredith in Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
Judi Meredith in Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

Jack the Giant Killer (1962) Directed by Nathan Juran. 94mins.

The Witch - Judi Meredith - Princess Elaine

Kerwin Mathews - Jack
Torin Thatcher - Pendragon
Walter Burke - Garna
Don Beddoe - Imp
Barry Kelley - Sigurd

After killing a giant which has attempted to abduct the Princess Elaine, Jack is given the task of protecting her. The sorcerer Pendragon kidnaps Elaine and turns her into a witch.

Nathan Juran had previously directed The 7th Voyage of Sinbad which also starred Kerwin Mathews.

IMDB rating 6.6

Night of the Eagle (1962) poster
Night of the Eagle (1962) poster

Night of the Eagle (1962) US title Burn Witch Burn. Directed by Sidney Hayers. 90mins.

The Witch - Margaret Johnston - Flora Carr

Peter Wyngarde - Norman Taylor
Janet Blair - Tansy Taylor
Anthony Nicholls - Harvey Sawtelle
Colin Gordon - Lindsay Carr
Kathleen Byron - Evelyn Sawtelle

An excellent supernatural horror with some genuinely creepy moments. A school professor (Peter Wyngarde) is shocked to discover his wife (Janet Blair) has been practicing witchcraft to protect him from evil forces.

Based on the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber.

IMDB rating 7.0

Sword in the Stone (1963)
Sword in the Stone (1963)

The Sword in the Stone (1963) Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman. 79mins.

The Witch - Martha Wentworth - Madam Mim (voice)

Karl Swenson - Merlin (voice)
Rickie Sorensen - Wart (voice)
Junius Matthews - Archimedes (voice)
Sebastian Cabot - Sir Ector (voice)
Alan Napier - Sir Pelinore (voice)

A minor Disney classic. The standout sequence is a wizards duel between Merlin and 'Mad Madam Mim'.

Loosely adapted from T.H. White's epic Arthurian novel The Once and Future King.

IMDB rating 7.1

Bewitched (5th season) poster
Bewitched (5th season) poster

Bewitched (1964) TV series. Created by Sol Saks.

The Witch - Elizabeth Montgomery - Samantha Stephens

Dick York - Darrin Stephens (1964-1969)
Dick Sargent - Darrin Stephens (1969-1972)
Agnes Moorehead - Endora
David White - Larry Tate
Erin Murphy - Tabitha Stephens

Darrin Stephens marries Samantha who happens to be a witch, the good sort. Samantha can cast a spell with a twitch of her nose.

A hit comedy series which ran for 8 seasons on the ABC network, from 1964 to 1972 and 254 episodes!

Samantha: I'm not a bad witch! I'm a good witch!
Darrin: Her mother's a bad witch.
Endora: Samantha, I will not stand here and be insulted by something which is 94 percent water.
Darrin: Oh, yeah! Well, what about something which is a hundred percent hot air?

A film based on the series was released in 2005.

IMDB rating 7.7

Witchcraft (1964)
Witchcraft (1964)

Witchcraft (1964) Directed by Don Sharp. 79min.

The Witch - Yvette Rees - Vanessa Whitlock

Lon Chaney Jr. - Morgan Whitlock
Jack Hedley - Bill Lanier
Jill Dixon - Tracy Lanier
Viola Keats - Helen Lanier
David Weston - Todd Lanier
Diane Clare - Amy Whitlock

An evil witch rises from the grave and takes revenge on the descendants of those who buried her alive centuries ago.

Tagline - Hex Marks the Spot!

IMDB rating 6.1

The Witches (1966)
The Witches (1966)

The Witches (1966) US title The Devil's Own. Directed by Cyril Frankel. 90mins.

Joan Fontaine - Gwen Mayfield
Kay Walsh - Stephanie Bax
Alec McCowen - Alan Bax
Michele Dotrice - Valerie Creek
Duncan Lamont - Bob Curd
Leonard Rossiter - Dr. Wallis

A school teacher (Fontaine) moves to a small village as head teacher and finds that a coven of witches are planning to sacrifice one of her pupils.

A Hammer Film Production.

IMDB rating 5.9

Vincent Price in Witchfinder General (1968)
Vincent Price in Witchfinder General (1968)

Witchfinder General (1968) US title The Conqueror Worm. Directed by Michael Reeves. 86mins.

Vincent Price - Matthew Hopkins
Ian Ogilvy - Richard Marshall
Hilary Dwyer - Sara Lowes
Rupert Davies - John Lowes
Patrick Wymark - Oliver Cromwell
Nicky Henson - Robert Swallow

Based on the real life witchfinder Matthew Hopkins who is said to have been responsible for the torture and death of up to 300 women in the 17th century.

Women were accused of witchcraft with the slightest excuse, an unusually shaped birthmark for instance, they were thrown into the river and if they tried to swim to safety or floated to the surface they were guilty, if they sank to the bottom they were innocent. In the years 1480 to 1750 up to 60,000 men and women were executed for witchcraft.

The director of Witchfinder General, Michael Reeves, died of an 'accidental barbiturate overdose' in 1969, he was 25 years old.

IMDB rating 6.9

Barbara Steele in Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)
Barbara Steele in Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968) US title The Crimson Cult. Directed by Vernon Sewell. 89mins.

The Witch - Barbara Steele - Lavinia

Boris Karloff - Professor Marsh
Christopher Lee - Morley
Mark Eden - Robert Manning
Michael Gough - Elder
Virginia Wetherell - Eve

A young man looking for his missing brother visits the last place he was heard from, a remote country house, and finds the residents are part of a black magic cult.

One of Karloff's last movies, he died a year later.

Tagline - Come face to face with naked fear on the altar of evil!

IMDB rating 5.4

Cry of the Banshee (1970) poster
Cry of the Banshee (1970) poster

Cry of the Banshee (1970) Directed by Gordon Hessler. 91mins.

The Witch - Elisabeth Bergner - Oona

Vincent Price - Lord Edward Whitman
Essy Persson - Lady Patricia Whitman
Hugh Griffith - Mickey
Sally Geeson - Sarah
Robert Hutton - Party Guest
Patrick Mower - Roderick

Vincent Price, still witchhunting.

17th Century England. Lord Whitman (Price) decides to 'cleanse' the countryside of witches, he sends his soldiers out to kill. They find some hippies... sorry peasants, happily dancing around in their underwear and the horrified soldiers kill a few of them. Their leader Oona places a terrible curse on Whitman and his family.

Terry Gilliam created the film's title sequence.

IMDB rating 5.3

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) Directed by Robert Stevenson. 117mins (139mins)

The Witch - Angela Lansbury - Miss Eglantine Price

David Tomlinson - Emelius Browne
Roddy McDowall - Mr. Jelk
Sam Jaffe - Bookman
John Ericson - Col. Heller
Bruce Forsyth - Swinburne

A Disney musical fantasy starring Angela Lansbury as an apprentice witch looking after three children during WWII. With the help of a magical flying bed they go searching for an ancient book of magic spells.

Won an Oscar for special effects.

Eglantine Price: Treguna, Makoidees, Trecorum, Sadis Dee!

IMDB rating 6.8

Macbeth (1971)
Macbeth (1971)

Macbeth (1971) Directed by Roman Polanski. 140mins.

The Three Witches - Maisie MacFarquhar, Elsie Taylor, Noelle Rimmington

Jon Finch - Macbeth
Francesca Annis - Lady Macbeth
Martin Shaw - Banquo
Terence Bayler - Macduff
John Stride - Ross

Three Witches: Double double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble

Based on the play by William Shakespeare. Macbeth encounters the three witches, they tell him of the prophecy that he will be king.

Macbeth was the first movie by Playboy Productions, Hugh Hefner was one of the producers.

IMDB rating 7.5

Jessica Harper in Suspiria (1977)
Jessica Harper in Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria (1977) Directed by Dario Argento. 98mins

The Witch - Uncredited Actress - Helena Markos

Jessica Harper - Suzy Bannion
Stefania Casini - Sara
Flavio Bucci - Daniel
Udo Kier - Dr. Frank Mandel
Alida Valli - Miss Tanner
Joan Bennett - Madame Blanc

A young ballet student joins a prestigious dance academy in Berlin, Germany, she discovers the school is managed by a coven of witches.

Dario Argento's best known horror film and the first of a trilogy known as 'The Three Mothers', Inferno (1980) was the second and the last was Mother of Tears (2007).

The woman playing lead witch Helena Markos isn't credited but according to actress Jessica Harper she was played by a 90 year old ex-hooker found by Argento in the streets of Rome.

IMDB rating 7.4

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) Directed by Sam Wanamaker. 113mins.

The Witch - Margaret Whiting - Zenobia

Patrick Wayne - Sinbad
Taryn Power - Dione
Jane Seymour - Farah
Patrick Troughton - Melanthius
Kurt Christian - Rafi
Damien Thomas - Kassim

Sinbad and his crew travel to the mythical land of Hyperborea to seek a cure for Prince Kassim who has been turned into a baboon by the witch Zenobia.

The third Sinbad film produced by Charles Schneer in collaboration with special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, and the first to feature a witch as the lead nasty.

IMDB rating 6.1

Helen Mirren and Nicol Williamson in Excalibur (1981)
Helen Mirren and Nicol Williamson in Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur (1981) Directed by John Boorman. 140mins.

The Sorceress - Helen Mirren - Morgana

Nigel Terry - King Arthur
Nicholas Clay - Sir Lancelot
Cherie Lunghi - Guenevere
Paul Geoffrey - Sir Perceval
Nicol Williamson - Merlin
Gabriel Byrne - Uther Pendragon
Liam Neeson - Sir Gawain
Patrick Stewart - King Leondegrance

John Boorman was planning to make The Lord of the Rings, when that didn't work out he made Excalibur instead. Some of the sets in the film were originally built for Lord of the Rings.

The movie debuts of Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and Ciaran Hinds.

Tagline - Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.

IMDB rating 7.4

Fairuza Balk in Return to Oz (1985)
Fairuza Balk in Return to Oz (1985)
Jean Marsh in Return to Oz (1985)
Jean Marsh in Return to Oz (1985)

Return to Oz (1985) Directed by Walter Murch. 113mins.

The Witch - Jean Marsh - Mombi / Nurse Wilson

Fairuza Balk - Dorothy Gale
Nicol Williamson - The Nome King / Dr. Worley
Piper Laurie - Aunt Em
Matt Clark - Uncle Henry
Brian Henson - Jack Pumpkinhead (voice)

The witch Mombi was the main villain in L. Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz.

A dark fantasy from Disney which must have scared off it's intended audience.

Mombi: Doooroothy Gaaale!

Oscar nominated for Best Visual Effects.

The film cost $28m and grossed just $11m in the US.

IMDB rating 6.6

The Black Cauldron (1985) Lobby card
The Black Cauldron (1985) Lobby card
The Black Cauldron (1985)
The Black Cauldron (1985)

The Black Cauldron (1985) Directed by Ted Berman & Richard Rich. 80mins.

Grant Bardsley - Taran (voice)
Susan Sheridan - Eilonwy (voice)
Freddie Jones - Dallben (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne - Fflewddur Fflam (voice)
John Byner - Gurgi (voice)
John Hurt - The Horned King (voice)
John Huston - Prologue Narrator (voice)

Based on the books The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.

The Horned King seeks the magical Black Cauldron with which he intends to raise an undead army to rule the world. The cauldron is in the possession of three mad witches.

The first Disney animated film to use computer generated effects.

The Black Cauldron cost $25m and grossed $21m in the US.

Tagline - Hidden by darkness. Guarded by witches. Discovered by a boy. Stolen by a king. Whoever owns it will rule the world. Or destroy it.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Directed by George Miller. 118mins.

The Witches -
- Cher - Alexandra Medford
- Susan Sarandon - Jane Spofford
- Michelle Pfeiffer - Sukie Ridgemont

Jack Nicholson - Daryl Van Horne
Veronica Cartwright - Felicia Alden
Richard Jenkins - Clyde Alden

Based on the novel by John Updike.

Three bored witches inadvertently summon "horny little devil" Daryl Van Horne to the small town of Eastwick, New England.

Bill Murray was considered for the role of Daryl Van Horne.

Alex Medford: I think... no, I am positive that you are the most unattractive man I have ever met in my entire life. You know, in the short time we've been together, you have demonstrated every loathsome characteristic of the male personality and even discovered a few new ones. You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you're morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humor and you smell. You're not even interesting enough to make me sick.
Daryl Van Horne: um... would you like to be on top or the bottom?
Alex Medford: Goodbye Daryl and thank you for a lovely lunch.

IMDB rating 6.4

Willow (1988)
Willow (1988)
Jean Marsh in Willow (1988)
Jean Marsh in Willow (1988)

Willow (1988) Directed by Ron Howard. 126mins.

The Sorceress - Jean Marsh - Queen Bavmorda

Val Kilmer - Madmartigan
Joanne Whalley - Sorsha
Warwick Davis - Willow Ufgood
Patricia Hayes - Fin Raziel
Billy Barty - High Aldwin
Pat Roach - General Kael

Willow Ufgood is given the task of protecting a human baby from the clutches of the evil Queen Bavmorda, she intends to sacrifice the child in order to stop the prophecy that the child would eventually bring about her downfall.

Jean Marsh also played the witch Mombi in Return to Oz (1985).

John Cusack was considered for the role of Madmartigan which eventually went to Val Kilmer.

Willow was produced by George Lucas, it cost $35m to make and has grossed $57m in the US.

IMDB rating 7.1

Anjelica Huston in The Witches (1990)
Anjelica Huston in The Witches (1990)

The Witches (1990) Directed by Nicolas Roeg. 91mins.

The Grand High Witch - Anjelica Huston - Miss Eva Ernst

Mai Zetterling - Helga Eveshim
Jasen Fisher - Luke Eveshim
Rowan Atkinson - Mr. Stringer
Bill Paterson - Mr. Jenkins
Brenda Blethyn - Mrs. Jenkins
Charlie Potter - Bruno Jenkins

A young boy on holiday and staying at a hotel with his grandmother, discovers that a charity convention taking place at the hotel is actually a cover for a witches covenant.

Based on the children's book by Roald Dahl.

Cher was considered for the role of Grand High Witch.

Anjelica Huston's witch make up took 8 hours to put on

Grand High Witch: Who spoke? Who DARES to argue with me? It was you!
Beatrice: I didn't mean to argue, your Grandness
Grand High Witch: You DARED to argue with me?
Beatrice: No, honestly, it just was a...
Grand High Witch: A stupid witch who answers back, must BURN till her bones are black!
Beatrice: No! No!
Grand High Witch: A foolish witch without a brain, must sizzle into fire and flame! A witch who dares to say I'm wrong, will not be with us... VERY LONG!

IMDB rating 6.7

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus (1993) Directed by Kenny Ortega. 96mins.

The Witches -
- Bette Midler ... Winnie Sanderson
- Sarah Jessica Parker ... Sarah Sanderson
- Kathy Najimy ... Mary Sanderson

Omri Katz ... Max Dennison
Thora Birch ... Dani
Vinessa Shaw ... Allison

A comedy fantasy. Three sisters are executed for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts in 1693. They are resurrected 300 years later on Halloween night. The witches need the lifeforce of young children to stay youthful.

Sarah: [singing] Come little children, I'll take thee away, into a land of enchantment. Come little children, the times come to play, here in my garden of magic.

IMDB rating 6.2

The Craft (1996)
The Craft (1996)

The Craft (1996) Directed by Andrew Fleming. 101mins.

The Witches -
- Robin Tunney - Sarah Bailey
- Fairuza Balk - Nancy Downs
- Neve Campbell - Bonnie
- Rachel True - Rochelle

Skeet Ulrich - Chris Hooker
Christine Taylor - Laura Lizzie
Breckin Meyer - Mitt

Sarah is a new pupil at a Catholic school in Los Angeles, she befriends three odd girls who are dabbling in black magic.

Fairuza Balk played Dorothy in Return to Oz (1985).

The Craft cost $15m and was successful grossing $55.6m worldwide.

Tagline - Welcome to the Witching Hour.

IMDB rating 6.0

Practical Magic (1998) poster
Practical Magic (1998) poster

Practical Magic (1998) Directed by Griffin Dunne. 104mins.

The Witches -
- Sandra Bullock - Sally Owens
- Nicole Kidman - Gillian Owens
- Stockard Channing - Aunt Frances Owens
- Dianne Wiest - Aunt Bridget Owens

Goran Visnjic - Jimmy Angelov
Aidan Quinn - Officer Gary Hallet
Evan Rachel Wood - Kylie Owens

Based on the novel by Alice Hoffman.

Gillian and Sally Owens are descendants of a witch cursed never to fall in love. They are looked after by their aunts Frances and Bridget after the deaths of their parents. They discover, surprise surprise, their aunts are also witches.

Practical Magic cost $75m and has grossed $68m worldwide.

Tagline - Prepare to come under their spell.

IMDB rating 5.7

Holly, Alyssa & Rose in Charmed (TV) publicity photo
Holly, Alyssa & Rose in Charmed (TV) publicity photo

Charmed (1998) TV Series. Created by Constance M. Burge

The Charmed Ones -
- Holly Marie Combs - Piper Halliwell
- Alyssa Milano - Phoebe Halliwell
- Shannen Doherty - Prue Halliwell
- Rose McGowan - Paige Matthews

Brian Krause - Leo Wyatt
Dorian Gregory - Darryl Morris
Julian McMahon - Cole Turner

Popular fantasy series about a sisterhood of good witches, it lasted 8 seasons from 1998 to 2006 and 178 episodes.

Craig: Who are you?
Paige: Witch.
Leo: Angel.
Phoebe: Mermaid.

IMDB rating 6.8

Miranda Richardson in Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Miranda Richardson in Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci in Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci in Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Sleepy Hollow (1999) Directed by Tim Burton. 105mins.

The Witch - Miranda Richardson - Crone sister / Lady Van Tassel

Johnny Depp - Ichabod Crane
Christina Ricci - Katrina Van Tassel
Christopher Walken - Hessian Horseman
Michael Gambon - Baltus Van Tassel
Casper Van Dien - Brom Van Brunt
Jeffrey Jones - Reverend Steenwyck
Michael Gough - Notary Hardenbrook
Christopher Lee - Burgomaster

Loosely based on the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

Reverend Steenwyck: Their heads weren't found severed. Their heads were not found at all.
Ichabod Crane: The heads are gone?
Notary Hardenbrook: Taken by the Headless Horseman. Taken back to hell.

Katrina: The pickity witch, the pickity witch. Who's got a kiss for the pickity witch?

IMDB rating 7.5

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) poster
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) poster
Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows p.2 (2011)
Helena Bonham Carter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows p.2 (2011)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) US title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Directed by Chris Columbus. 152mins.

Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
Richard Harris - Albus Dumbledore
Maggie Smith - Minerva McGonagall
Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus Hagrid
Ian Hart - Professor Quirrell
John Hurt - Mr. Ollivander

Based on the best-selling novel by J.K. Rowling.

The Harry Potter series was filled with witches, good and bad, here's a list of a few of them -

Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
Maggie Smith - Minerva McGonagall
Julie Walters - Molly Weasley
Clemence Poesy - Fleur Delacour
Helena Bonham Carter - Bellatrix Lestrange
Helen McCrory - Narcissa Malfoy
Natalia Tena - Nymphadora Tonks
Imelda Staunton - Dolores Umbridge

Hagrid: You're a wizard, Harry!
Harry: I'm a what?

IMDB rating 7.3

Bewitched (2005) poster
Bewitched (2005) poster

Bewitched (2005) Directed by Nora Ephron. 102mins.

The Witch - Nicole Kidman - Isabel Bigelow

Will Ferrell - Jack Wyatt
Shirley MacLaine - Iris Smythson
Michael Caine - Nigel Bigelow
Jason Schwartzman - Ritchie
Kristin Chenoweth - Maria Kelly

A twist on the original Bewitched TV series. Jack (Will Ferrell) is approached to play Darrin in a remake of the TV series and Isabel (Nicole Kidman) is hired to play Samantha the witch. Isabel has a secret, she really is a witch.

Nominated for 5 Golden Raspberry awards winning for Worst Screen Couple (Ferrell & Kidman).

Bewitched cost $85m and has grossed $131m worldwide.

Maria Kelly: Bewitched? I love that show! Is that the one with the genie?

IMDB rating 4.7

Monica Bellucci and Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Monica Bellucci and Heath Ledger in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
The Brothers Grimm (2005) poster
The Brothers Grimm (2005) poster

The Brothers Grimm (2005) Directed by Terry Gilliam. 118mins.

The Sorceress - Monica Bellucci - The Mirror Queen

Matt Damon - Wilhelm "Will" Grimm
Heath Ledger - Jakob "Jake" Grimm
Lena Headey - Angelika
Peter Stormare - Mercurio Cavaldi
Jonathan Pryce - General Delatombe

Johnny Depp was originally cast as Will Grimm.

Jacob Grimm: She's still there, Will! She's still alive! She's up in the tower.
Will Grimm: What, for five hundred years?
Jacob Grimm: Yeah, but they haven't been kind, I can tell you that.

Heath Ledger was originally cast as Will and Matt Damon as Jake, they both agreed the roles should be switched round.

The Brothers Grimm cost $88m and has grossed $105m worldwide.

IMDB rating 5.9

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) poster
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) poster

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) Directed by Andrew Adamson. 143mins (150mins)

The Witch - Tilda Swinton - Jadis, The White Witch

Georgie Henley - Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes - Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley - Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell - Susan Pevensie
James McAvoy - Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent - Professor Kirke
Liam Neeson - Aslan (voice)

Based on the first book of C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia series of fantasy novels, first published in 1950.

Lewis wrote a prequel to the Narnia series in 1955, The Magician's Nephew, making The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe the second story in chronological order.

Four children discover a gateway to a fantasy land through a wardrobe.

The film cost $180m to make and was a big hit grossing $745m worldwide.

Jadis The White Witch: If it's a war Aslan wants, it's a war he shall get.

IMDB rating 6.9

Stardust (2007)
Stardust (2007)
Stardust (2007) poster
Stardust (2007) poster

Stardust (2007) Directed by Matthew Vaughn. 127mins.

The Witch-Queen - Michelle Pfeiffer - Lamia

Charlie Cox - Tristan Thorn
Claire Danes - Yvaine
Robert De Niro - Captain Shakespeare
Sienna Miller - Victoria Forester
Ben Barnes - Young Dunstan Thorn
Mark Strong - Prince Septimus
Ricky Gervais - Ferdy the Fence
Peter O'Toole - King of Stormhold

Based on the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman first published in 1999.

The Witch-Queen Lamia and her two sisters need the heart of a young lady called Yvain, to make them young again.

Michelle Pfeiffer has played a witch before in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).

Terry Gilliam was approached to direct the film but he wanted a break from fantasy after The Brothers Grimm.

Lamia: You'd better be telling the truth, you two-faced dog.
Ferdy the Fence: I can get you one of them, actually. Very good guard dogs. They can watch the back and the front door at the same

Stardust cost $70m to make and has grossed $135.5m worldwide.

IMDB rating 7.8

Eva Green in The Golden Compass (2007)
Eva Green in The Golden Compass (2007)
The Golden Compass (2007) poster
The Golden Compass (2007) poster

The Golden Compass (2007) Directed by Chris Weitz. 113mins.

The Witch - Eva Green - Serafina Pekkala

Nicole Kidman - Marisa Coulter
Daniel Craig - Lord Asriel
Dakota Blue Richards - Lyra Belacqua
Ben Walker - Roger
Freddie Highmore - Pantalaimon (voice)
Ian McKellen - Iorek Byrnison (voice)
Ian McShane - Ragnar Sturlusson (voice)

Based on the novel Northern Lights (retitled The Golden Compass in North America) by Philip Pullman first published in 1995. The first book of His Dark Materials trilogy.

James Bond actor Daniel Craig plays Lord Asriel, ex-James Bond Timothy Dalton played Asriel in a stage production at London's Royal National Theater in 2003.

Serafina Pekkala: There are many universes and many Earths parallel to each other. Worlds like yours, where people's souls live inside their bodies, and worlds like mine, where they walk beside us, as animal spirits we call daemons.

Eva Green was Daniel Craig's leading lady in Casino Royale (2006).

The Golden Compass cost $180m and has grossed $372m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.1

Nicolas Cage and Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Nicolas Cage and Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) Directed by Jon Turteltaub. 109mins.

The Sorceress - Monica Bellucci - Veronica

Nicolas Cage - Balthazar
Jay Baruchel - Dave Stutler
Alfred Molina - Horvath
Teresa Palmer - Becky Barnes
Toby Kebbell - Drake Stone
Alice Krige - Morgana

It was inevitable that the prolific Nicolas Cage would play a thousand year old sorcerer some day. It's 2010 and Balthazar (Cage) is still busy battling the forces of evil, he takes on an apprentice (Baruchel) and together they search for the Grimhold, a magical object useful in trapping evil sorcerers like Alfred Molina (hiss).

Monica Bellucci played the Mirror Queen in The Brother's Grimm (2005)

Narrator: The war between Sorcerers was fought in the shadows of history, and the fate of mankind rested with the just and powerful Merlin. He told his secrets to three trusted apprentices: Balthazar, Veronica, and Horvath. He should have trusted only two.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice cost $150m (!) and has grossed $215m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.1

Season of the Witch (2011) poster
Season of the Witch (2011) poster

Season of the Witch (2011) Directed by Dominic Sena. 95mins.

The Witch - Claire Foy - Anna

Nicolas Cage - Behmen von Bleibruck
Ron Perlman - Felson
Stephen Campbell Moore - Debelzaq
Ulrich Thomsen - Johann Eckhart
Robert Sheehan - Kay von Wollenbarth
Christopher Lee - Cardinal D'Ambroise

Nic Cage again, this time he plays Behman, a 14th century Knight travelling through a Europe devastated by the Black Death, along with fellow Knight, Felson (Perlman). Cardinal D'Ambroise (Lee) gives them the task of escorting a young lady accused of witchcraft to a remote monastery where the monks can determine if she really is a witch.

Season of the Witch cost $40m and has grossed $91.6m worldwide.

Debelzaq: [After failing to stop an attacking demon] We're going to need more holy water.

IMDB rating 5.3

Johnny Depp and Eva Green in Dark Shadows (2012)
Johnny Depp and Eva Green in Dark Shadows (2012)

Dark Shadows (2012) Directed by Tim Burton. 113mins.

The Witch - Eva Green - Angelique Bouchard

Johnny Depp - Barnabas Collins
Michelle Pfeiffer - Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
Helena Bonham Carter - Dr. Julia Hoffman
Jackie Earle Haley - Willie Loomis
Jonny Lee Miller - Roger Collins
Bella Heathcote - Victoria Winters
Chloe Grace Moretz - Carolyn Stoddard

Based on the TV series created by Dan Curtis which was shown daily and run from 1966 to 1971 with a total of 1,225 episodes!

The year is 1762 and jealous witch Angelique (Eva Green) turns Barnabas Collins (Depp) into a vampire and than buries him alive after he spurns her love. More than 200 years go by and Barnabas is accidentally set free by construction workers.

Eva Green played a good witch in The Golden Compass (2007).

Angelique Bouchard: If I can't have you, my love, I'll destroy you!
Barnabas Collins: Of all the hearts I spurned, all the women whose fury hell hath no equal, I got the witch.

Dark Shadows cost $148m to make and has grossed $238.7m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.4

Julia Roberts and Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror (2012)
Julia Roberts and Lily Collins in Mirror Mirror (2012)

Mirror Mirror (2012) Directed by Tarsem Singh. 106mins.

The Evil Queen - Julia Roberts - Queen Clementianna

Lily Collins - Snow White
Armie Hammer - Prince Alcott
Nathan Lane - Brighton
Mare Winningham - Baker Margaret
Michael Lerner - the Baron
Sean Bean - the King

The first of two very different 'Snow White' movies released in 2012.

James McAvoy and Alex Pettyfer were considered for the role of Prince Alcott and Saoirse Ronan was considered for Snow White. Julia Roberts was director Tarsem's first choice for the Evil Queen.

Lily Collins was considered for the role of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman but lost to Kristen Stewart.

Brighton: Snow White is dead. One of God's great mysteries is his plan for each and every one of us...
The Queen: Speed it up.
Brighton: Snow White lived, she died, God rest her soul, Amen. There will be a buffet lunch served at two.

Mirror Mirror cost $85m to make and has grossed $182.8m worldwide.

IMDB rating 5.5

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) poster
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) poster

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Directed by Rupert Sanders. 127mins (132mins)

The Sorceress - Charlize Theron ... Queen Ravenna

Kristen Stewart ... Snow White
Chris Hemsworth ... The Huntsman
Sam Claflin ... William
Sam Spruell ... Finn
Ian McShane ... Beith
Bob Hoskins ... Muir
Ray Winstone ... Gort

Released just three months after Mirror Mirror.

Angelina Jolie was considered for the role of the Evil Queen.

Hugh Jackman, Viggo Mortensen and Johnny Depp turned down the role of the Huntsman.

Mirror Man: My queen, you have defied nature and robbed it of its fairest root. But on this day there is one more beautiful than you.
Queen Ravenna: Who is it?
Mirror Man: Snow White.

More ambitious and a lot more serious than Mirror Mirror with excellent visual effects, though it could have used a bit more humour.

Snow White and the Huntsman cost $170m and has grossed $396m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.3

Brave (2012)
Brave (2012)
Brave (2012) poster
Brave (2012) poster

Brave (2012) Directed by Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman. 100mins.

The Witch - Julie Walters (voice)

Kelly Macdonald - Merida (voice)
Billy Connolly - King Fergus (voice)
Emma Thompson - Queen Elinor (voice)
Robbie Coltrane - Lord Dingwall (voice)
Kevin McKidd - Lord MacGuffin (voice)

Set in Scotland, a witches spell turns Merida's mother, Queen Elinor, into a large bear. Merida must find a way to reverse the spell.

The film was originally titled The Bear and the Bow.

Pixar's first fairy tale, their 13th animated movie and their first with a female lead.

Brave cost $185m to make and has grossed $532m worldwide.

IMDB rating 7.5

Oz - The Great and Powerful (2013) poster
Oz - The Great and Powerful (2013) poster
Michelle Williams as Glinda
Michelle Williams as Glinda

Oz - The Great and Powerful (2013) Directed by Sam Raimi. 130mins

Wicked Witch of the West - Mila Kunis - Theodora
Wicked Witch of the East - Rachel Weisz - Evanora
Good Witch of the North - Michelle Williams - Glinda

James Franco - Oscar Diggs / The Wizard of Oz
Zach Braff - Frank / Finley
Joey King - Girl in Wheelchair / China Girl
Bruce Campbell - Winkie Gatekeeper

A prequel to L. Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900 and filmed as The Wizard of Oz in 1939.

Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr both turned down the role of the Wizard of Oz, which was taken up by James Franco.

Music composed by Danny Elfman.

Oz cost around $215m to produce and opened with $79.1m in 3 days in the U.S. It has a worldwide gross of $493.3m.

IMDB rating 6.5

Oz - The Great and Powerful (2013) poster
Oz - The Great and Powerful (2013) poster

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Exceptional as always. Thank you


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you Mhatter99, your comment is much appreciated. This one took a bit of time to finish, it's my Halloween hub. :)


Cogerson 4 years ago

Random thoughts....(1) Snow White...good way to start off the hub...my 6 year old will be Snow White tonight for Halloween (2) Haxan...1922...sounds like they got away with lots of things in the movie...and it would probably be rated NC-17 or X by today's standards (3) Wizard of Oz....gives us three witches in one movie...I wonder where the 4th witch was...they had the good witch, the bad witch and the dead witch. (4) Funny quote by Frederic March on his co-star in I Married a Witch (5) Bell Book and Candle is one of the few James Stewart movies that I have missed.....will have to check that one out (6) Where would a horror hub be without an appearance by Vincent Price..thank goodness for Witchfinder General (7) Disney seems to like to feature witches in many of their movies (8) Helen Mirren in Excalibur made an excellent sexy witch (9) Speaking of sexy witches...I love Jack and his three witches in Witches of Eastwick (10) The Witches is a very underrated movie....seems to have been forgotten over time (11) The Brothers Grimm is one of the few Terry Gilliam movies I do not like at all (12) Looks like the witches of the 2000s were very popular at the box office with monster hits in Harry Potter 1-8, and the Nardia movies. (13) Nick Cage has made some pretty bad witch movies..but then again lately it seems that is his speciality....pretty bad movies (14) Mirror Mirror has already been purchased and wrapped for a Xmas present....just need to get the tree up to get it under the tree. (15) I want to see Snow White and 7 Huntsman....I hope it is worth the stress that the movie put on the relationship of the Twilight couple....I still get teary eyed when I think that Stewart would actually cheat on Edward...lol.

Job well done...very good timing ....as we await nighttime and venture out into the world of witches and goblins...voted up and across the board.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks again Bruce, you give great comments, much appreciated.

Haxan 1922 is available on youtube if anyone is interested in a 90 year old witchcraft movie with a bit of nudity.

I enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman but it needed some humour and that girl Kristen Stewart barely smiled in the entire film. Did she smile in the Twilight films? The magic mirror lied, Kristen is a pretty girl but Charlize Theron is beautiful. Sorry Twilight fans. :)

I'll do one more monster hub before returning to my movie poster series.

Last year my most popular hubs were my SF/Fantasy artist hubs this year its these "on the screen" hubs with a bunch of them heading for 2000 views.

Thanks for posting amigo!

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