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The Best Witchcraft Movies Of All Times - Perfect For Watching Over Halloween!
Here you will find a list of some of the best movies with witches ever made that you can watch during the Halloween season. As we progress through time, the idea of witchcraft and witches is becoming more and more accepted - and even popular in many circles. Witches now are no longer the feared creatures of the dark that can put a hex on you to last you a lifetime.
These days witches are mostly associated with either Wicca, a very easy and acceptable religion that is only interested in good, white magic, or the witches in movies like Harry Potter, full of fun, ready to entertain us for an hour or two. Either way the idea of a witch no longer makes us cringe. In fact there are lots of people looking for movies about witches.
Note: Here I will feature movies with both female and male witches. While some people think that male witches are called warlocks, they are in fact called witches as well. The term 'warlock' has as origin a rather negative meaning of traitor and oath-breaker, so men practicing witchcraft prefer the name 'male witches' instead.
Movies With Witches You Can Watch With Your Kids
The Mists of Avalon
is quite an accurate retelling story based on Marion Zimmer Bradley's book with the same name. It has an undertone of witchcraft in it. In fact I know more than one person who converted to Wiccan religion (or at least became interested in witchcraft and wanted to follow the path) after reading the book or watching the movie. The Mists of Avalon
The story focuses on strong women who stand up for themselves in a time when this was highly unusual do to it. Mysticism and intrigue are at the core of the movie (and the book as well), and the main theme evolves around the Arthurian legends. Some people say the movie was a bit too feminist, but personally I found it quite ok. Also I loved the Loreena McKennitt soundtrack, she is one of my favorites and I can never get tired listen to her.
If you do have an interest in wicca and haven't gotten a chance to see the movie, it's worthwhile doing so. And while you're at it, get the book - better get the whole series and start reading. It makes for a fascinating read, especially Marion Zimmer Bradley's earlier books.
The Good Witch
The Good Witch is another great witches movie that the entire family can watch. The story is about Cassie, a good witch (or so the townsfolk say) who comes to town and opens a New Age shop called Bell, Book & Candle. Children are all enthralled and drawn to this magical place where candles and other paraphernalia is sold. I won't reveal the plot, but let me tell you it's absolutely charming. Kids will love this one!
If you want a movie that the entire family can watch uncensored, this is the best one to keep busy for the next two hours.
Teen Witch a sweet romantic witchcraft movie that everyone with a heart for romance will love. It is about a teenager girl who receives her witchy powers at the age of 16.
This makes her not only extremely popular in the school, but also gives her other social advantages, such as getting the boy of her dreams and allowing her to do pretty much anything she wants. I mean which teenage girl doesn't dream of having all these in her life?
Without revealing the plot, if you haven't seen it yet, it's worth getting the DVD for your collection of movies with witches. You won't regret it.
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The Worst Witch
Here is another charming movie about witches that kids can watch as well. The movie was made from Jill Murphy's book (worth reading) and it's one that reminds you of all the good things you had and were as a child. Now this movie is not the high quality one we're spoiled with these days, but it's still one worth watching simply because it's so entertaining.
If you've been a child of the 80s, this movie is for you. It will bring forth all the nostalgia of good times gone by, one that you will have fun watching it with your kids or grandkids who haven't seen it yet.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
No witchy movie collection would be complete without the Harry Potter series. Especially the first movie can be watched with the entire family. As Harry Potter grows and the new movies in the series come out, the plot becomes a bit stronger as well. Nevertheless, as all movies in this series are rated PG, they can be watched by all kids in the family under parental supervision.
I won't go into details on what the movie is about. Let's just say that it is one that has already become classic and has set a new standard in movies with witches. Based on the same name books by J. K. Rowlings, the movies bring to life the characters of the wizard Harry Potter and his dearest friends along with Hogwarts, the school where every magic happens.
The Witches (Roald Dahl's Book Adaptation)
Here is a great witchcraft movie that can be watched by everyone (rating is PG). It is an adventure fantasy from the 199s which is adapted from adapted from Roald Dahl's book. The movie is scary, funny, and extremely entertaining at the same time. While it might not be for toddlers and really small kids, I think pre-teens and teens will enjoy this one immensely.
It does have a few rather scary scenes, but compared to what is shown these days on TV and DVD, I find this movie quite harmless.
Practical Magic is a movioe that has in fact similarities with some Wiccan practices of today. It can be safely watched by pre-teens and teens who are interested in the idea of witchcraft and Wicca.
Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman bring a sparkling screen magic to Practical Magic, adapted from Alice Hoffman's bestseller. They play Sally and Gillian Owens, sisters hexed by a centuries -old curse...and coping with a witches brew of events involving a possible love match, a zombie and a need to resume the age-old witchcraft taught by two doting Owens aunts. It's quite an entertaining movie, and if you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it as well.
The Witches of Eastwick
This is one of the fun movies I remember from the first time I saw it many years ago. With great actors like Cher, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer, this witchy movie has to be great. It is based on the novel by John Updike and it's a great comedy/horror movie that will give you a giggle and a fright at the same time.
It can be watched by children, however it does have a few scary moments. This is why it is rated "R", meaning can be watched by kids if the parents allow it to them.
The acting is great, the plot is engaging and the entire atmosphere is worth enjoying, whether you're watching the movie for Halloween or any other time in the year.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe
The first movie in the Chronicles of Narnia series has a bad witch, one that is played really well by Tilda Swinton. The entire movie series is adapted from the Chronicles Of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, one that I think every kid should read it at some point or another.
I can't recommend this movie (and the entire series) enough, it is really good and it has a great lesson to teach us all. The lesson? Watch the movie to find out!
Bell, Book and Candle
A lovely old movie with a cute and snazzy witch that will entertain the entire family.
"Bell, Book and Candle" is a charming romantic comedy that is interesting from several viewpoints. It is an interesting artifact of sophisticated New York, and the highly idealized way New York society appeared to be in the 1950's. The treatment of witches is somewhat different from other portrayals, where witches are often old hags bent over a cauldron in a smelly cave or broken-down hovel. The hip Zodiac Club had avant-garde music with a strong beatnik flavor. Few movies captured the essence of the beatnik style, with this movie being one of them. Jack Kerouac could easily have been in the audience.
Death Becomes Her
I remember this movie fondly from the first time I've seen it. I've always loved Meryl Streep, and with two other great actors like Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn, it has already become a classic.
The movie is in fact a black comedy, a satire that depicts America's obsession with youth and vanity.
The witches are fun and while sometimes you cringe your eyes at some of the scenes, overall is a great movie to watch for the entire family. Note: it is officially rated PG-13.
Another charming comedy that you can watch with your kids on a quiet weekend evening. The movie is played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, who play 3 resurrected witches who wreak havoc on Salem, Massachusetts, 300 hundred years after they were hung.
Personally I like watching it during the Halloween time, but if you're a person who loves watching a movie over and over again, this one will fit the bill entirely. Really funny, full of magic, music and laughter, a sure entertainer
Horror Movies About Witches
Who hasn't secretly wanted to play with the Ouija board to summon a creature or talk with the dead spirits? This is exactly the premise of this older horror movie. The movie opens with a scene of a party, where someone suggests playing with a Ouija board. Not surprisingly, a spirit is contacted, and strange things began to happen. Possessions by evil spirits are just some of the bad things that the movie has in store for us.
It is a great little horror movie, by no means gory and meaty as the contemporary horrors, but still one that small kids should not watch.
Simon, King of the Witches
Simon, King of Witches is labeled a horror movie, however it's not really as gory as the real horror films of today are made. It's really more of a satire than anything else.
It is loosely based on the persona of Poke Runyon, an occult author and ceremonial magic practitioner, so if you want to see some glimpses of how ceremonial magic works and you're interested in the occult overall, you will love this movie.
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
The movie is in fact a collection of 3 stories based on writings by famous writers such as Stephen King, Arthur Conan Doyle and George A. Romero. it is about a deadly wicked Witch who is planning on cooking a little boy, but while she's preparing for the dinner, the boy reads her three horror stories. In a way you are reminded by the 1001 nights (Arabian Nights) where Scheherazade was keeping herself alive by telling enchanting stories every night, thus delaying her demise.