PSA: May contain spoilers.
I didn’t have to do my part-time job during the Halloween weekend so I had time to watch movies. Since it was Halloween, I decided to watch a bunch of movies and since I started with the cult classic, Death Becomes Her, I just went with the theme since a few new movies came out in time for Halloween as well.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
I’ve never heard of this until I saw it on Gabs Gibbs’ Instagram on Halloween, and I just kept seeing it everywhere on Halloween actually, both on Instagram and Youtube. I think it was Kelly Clarkson who dressed up as Meryl Streep’s character in the movie.
Summary from Wikipedia: The film focuses on a pair of rivals (Streep and Hawn), who drink a magic potion that promises eternal youth, but experience unpleasant side effects when they physically die, becoming walking, talking corpses as a result.
I loved this movie, it was freaking hilarious and ridiculous! Imagine how tired Bruce Willis’ character is because of these crazy women. LOL! I had to Google how old they were when they filmed this. Both Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn were in their 40s while Bruce Willis was in his late 30s. Can I just say that both Meryl and Goldie look amazing in this movie?! It was truly a fun watch!
The Witches (2020)
Admittedly, I am not familiar with the original material, which is a story by Roald Dahl. It was made into a movie in 1990, with Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, which I will talk about as well in the next item.
There was nothing much during the first 30 minutes I guess, but glad we got a back story of what happened between Grandma and the Grand High Witch. Their first encounter was when Grandma’s friend accepted candy from a random lady (who turns out to be the Grand High Witch) and the day after, she turned into a chicken.
It definitely picked up right when Anne Hathaway appeared. All of a sudden, it got so shocking and I found myself sympathizing with mice. The movie is like Home Alone wherein Kevin was embodied by the three mice children, with Grandma’s support. Anne Hathaway was funny and scary at the same time! I truly adored the mice children, but the mice witches were freaking scary and disgusting! Haha! I personally enjoyed the movie. Grandma’s line – “That’s some serious ratification!” while the whole scene at the dining hall was playing out was hilarious!
Moral lesson: Do not accept candy from strangers! HAHA!
The Witches (1990)
A few days later, I looked for the 1990 version and watched it. Now, having seen both movies, there are definitely a couple of differences but I don’t know which one was true to Roald Dahl’s story. I think this is much scarier than the 2020 version. I think is much scarier to get stuck in a painting rather than be a mouse or a chicken. This is what the witches were doing before they started using Formula 86. Also, instead of candy, the witches would entice kids with a snake and a bar of chocolate.
The witches are also much bolder and ruthless. During that scene where Luke (the boy) witnessed the witches turn Bruno into a mouse, he actually was able to escape. The witches ran after him and he was quite successful in hiding until the Grand High Witch pushed a baby in a pram off a cliff. Seriously!!! So the boy had to come out of hiding and save the baby. He was able to run to the room where he and his grandma are staying but the witches still came after him and turned him while his grandma was asleep. That is so crazy!!!
The boy is also braver than the grandma in this version. He was always the one willing to go through with the plan while the grandma was a bit scared to do so. Which is a bit different from the 2020 version, wherein the grandma definitely took the lead. It was also the boy who thought of stealing the Grand High Witch’s money instead of the grandma – the latter had no idea because she never went to the Grand High Witch’s room. The scene at the Grand High Witch’s room never happened here. All the commotion occurred at the dining hall, and she was killed by Mr. Stringer (played by Rowan Atkinson), instead of her own cat.
The ending is also different. In the 2020 version, the boy (who I realized doesn’t have a name) remained as a mouse until the end, with Bruno (his new friend) and Daisy (his pet mouse, who was also turned by a witch), all living in the same house with grandma. In the 1990 version, Bruno was returned to his family as a mouse, while Luke was turned back into a boy by the Grand High Witch’s former assistant, who then has become a good witch.
I like both versions, honestly! I think the 2020 version was more enjoyable because it’s funnier to me, while the 1990 version was much scarier.
The Craft: Legacy (2020)
Okay, I definitely loved The Craft. I remember some stuff, not all of it because it’s been so long! But I remember it being dark and I remember being so scared of Fairuza Balk when I watched it as a kid. This movie came out in 1996 so I most likely watched it when I was in high school. I clearly remember this being shown on Studio 23 a few times. (Is Studio 23 still a thing? Hahaha. I have no idea, we have not had a television for a long time.)
The Craft: Legacy seems to me, is just like a high school movie where the main characters are witches. It’s nowhere near the darkness The Craft had. I do actually like the Timmy storyline. But my problem is, if they were able to give him a background, why didn’t they do the same for the 3 girls? We literally know nothing about them, unlike in The Craft where we know all 4 girls’ backgrounds and how it shaped how each of their storylines went. That said, I just don’t have any attachment to the 3 girls. The villain is not hard to predict, you’d definitely see the red flags. However, the whole scene with the villain happened for less than 15 minutes.
This movie is super badly reviewed. Personally, I don’t think the movie was super terrible because I think they tried to adapt to current events, I would say. However, it’s just super lacking in so many ways. They tried but just didn’t have a lot of impact and super different from The Craft. Remakes and reboots are a double-edged sword anyway. Either people will look compare it to the original movie or think that it’s too similar to the original movie that it didn’t offer anything new. I, personally, don’t have any issue with this, and doesn’t ruin the experience at all.
The cameo at the end though is a treat for fans of The Craft. Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
I saw the TV series Eastwick years ago but I didn’t know there was a movie version in the 80s! I only found out when BJ Pascual mentioned it in his Nadine photoshoot video as one of the inspos for the shoot. I Googled the cast and you have Jack Nicholson, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon in this movie! What the heck?! These women are all so freaking hot!
Synopsis from IMDB: Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.
Cher’s character, Alexandra dragging Daryl (Jack Nicholson) for a few minutes when he was trying to seduce her was the best scene for me! Sadly, she gave in. Ang rupok ni ate! This is what she said though (taken from IMDB):
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 characteristics 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.– Alexandra Medford
Love the “revenge” scene as well. That was definitely the highlight! Drag the devil! LOL! I also didn’t know that there are two other versions of Witches of Eastwick! I kind of want to check them out, too!
I really enjoyed my Halloween marathon! I know, they are not really scary movies, but just witch-themed movies, but this is my idea of a Halloween movie marathon.