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3.3
944 Ratings

The Witches

Directed by Nicolas Roeg
United States, United Kingdom, 1990
Fantasy, Horror

Synopsis

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

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The Witches Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1991 | Nominee: Best Make Up Artist

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1990 | Winner: Best Actress

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1991 | Winner: Best Actress

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

1991 | Winner: Best Actress

Critics reviews

Deliriously upsetting and violent, with Anjelica Huston’s frightening performance at its center. . . . This is what a Nicolas Roeg movie “made for kids” looks like.
January 02, 2019
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His instincts were right. The Witches contains gruesome images, but it’s the way Roeg presents them that makes it a genuine horror film. While most children’s films restrict their visual language to familiar stable camera shots, Roeg uses a combination of classic cinematic horror techniques—handheld camera, POV shots, extreme close-ups, and low angles and Dutch tilts—to create an atmosphere of chaos and terror.
August 20, 2015
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Aside from its misbegotten coda, The Witches beautifully captures the surreal grotesqueness of Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s book. The violence, menace, and food-related nastiness of Dahl’s tome are brought to the screen in all their horrific glory by director Nicholas Roeg, whose preponderance of cockeyed camera angles and extreme close-ups lend a fittingly bizarre quality to the fantastical tale.
August 07, 2013
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