The Witches, by Roald Dahl is getting a good ol’ revamp with a new flick starring Anne Hathaway.
And this week, the actress has revealed her transformation for the movie, and it’s utterly horrifying…
The Witches movie has been adapted once again but this time, it’s got a new, all-star cast.
And just in time for Halloween too!
Safe to say, fans have been left well and truly horrified.
For those of you that don’t know, The Witches was inspired by a book…
British author, Roald Dahl, is known as being one of the greatest children’s storytellers of the 20th century.
Dahl, who was from Wales, UK, was famous for his children’s novels, writing titles such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Twits, The Big Friendly Giant and, of course, The Witches.
The Witches was the ultimate children’s fantasy novel…
Published in 1983, the book told the story of a young British boy and his Norweigan grandmother in a world wherein child-hating societies of witches existed in every country.
All witches were ruled by the “Grand High Witch,” who, in the story, arrives in England to fulfill her master plan of wiping out all of the children on the planet.
Roald Dahl is the man responsible for introducing children to their first taste of horror, and I, for one, think that he did a brilliant job; those witches sounded utterly terrifying.
Directed by Nicholas Roeg, The Witches was adapted into a motion picture by Jim Henson Productions, the man who created The Muppets; though it was nothing like our beloved Muppets…
Anjelica Huston was cast to play the role of The Grand High Witch, and nobody could have pulled off the role better.
And it involved a lot of mice…
In the film, orphaned Luke Eveshim, who is played by Jasen Fisher, spends time with his Norweigan grandmother, Helga, who teaches him of the witches presence.
Luke is then put up to the challenge of stopping their master plan of destroying all the children in the world… or transforming them into rodents.
Encountering an army of witches doesn’t even compare to never seeing your parents again…
The moment in which Luke is transformed by The Grand High Witch into a mouse is utterly skin-crawling…
The transformation in the movie wasn’t so cute.
I don’t think that any child will ever erase the memory of the poor little boy being brutally transformed into a mouse whilst a crowd of witches laugh and jeer as it happens from their minds.
They initially came across as beautiful and simply perfect ladies.
I can’t have been the only child who was pretty much scarred for life after seeing The Grand High Witch take off her mask, right?
The graphic effects of the witches were impressive for the ’90s, and when the witches’ true identities were revealed, it truly scared the living daylights out of children (and some adults…) around the world.
If their grotesque and extremely goopy faces weren’t enough to scare you, their scabbed bald heads and toe-less feet will have done the trick.
A room full of bald, scabbing witches scratching their scalps after wearing their wigs all day?
It isn’t every day that you see that…
At the beginning of the film, the story is told of a little girl who was kidnapped by the witches and cursed, leaving her trapped in an oil painting for the rest of her life.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I think I’d rather spend the rest of my life as a mouse…
Compared to the novel, the movie, in fact, holds back on the gruesome details of the witches plot to take over the world.
And that is certainly not a popular topic in children’s books.
Right until the finishing scene, the film has a dark and sinister tone.
One would only expect that from a story about killing children though, right?
Despite the cruel and horrifying theme of The Witches, it can’t be denied that it is a brilliant piece of work.
The movie that followed up the novel perfectly, and despite it shaking us to our very cores, it is truly a masterpiece.
The first trailer for Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of The Witches has just been revealed, a few weeks before it’s official release on HBO Max.
But due to the ongoing situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic, it has been switched to a digital release instead.
It will also feature the likes of Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Kristin Chenoweth.
Of course, we all know that the witches aren’t all they appear to be until they take their masks off, and it seems in this new rendition, the transformation is more terrifying than ever.
And reactions came flooding in.
What do you think?
The Witches will be premiering on October 22nd.
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