Another creepy children's story from the hate-filled mind of Roald Dahl. Look at the screenshot. Are those testicles on her chin? Click on them and see. Anjelica Huston is just perfect, I think she really must be a witch.
An inspired union of the creative talents of Roald Dahl, Jim Henson, and Nicolas Roeg results in what is easily one of the best, and most genuinely creepy, children's films. Angelica Huston's superb villainous performance even manages to upstage the colorful cast and impressive Henson creature effects. A kids movie that loses none of its wit, imagination, and charm watching it as an adult.
Every single shot incites panic, fear and creates pure terror. This is truly a work of genius. Far too terrifying for children; how was this ever rated 'G'? The script is written for speed and definitely aimed at children, but still has some weak parts (including the ridiculous ending) that keep this from perfection. A masterwork of mise-en-scéne, montage and movement. Remember the girl in the picture. "Grandma!"
The material is okay. It maintains a basic, effective sense of suspense, and it's grim and creepy for what that's worth. That the movie is so stylistically striking is what really sets it apart from other family films.