Which witch movie is the best to watch in October? Here are some which might strike your fancy – so get your popcorn and your familiar – (in my house it is a black standard poodle rather than a black cat!) and curl up with a good movie! It must be the season of the witch!

Which Oldie but Goodie Witch Movie?

The Wizard of Oz – I aBlways think of the Wizard of Oz as an Easter movie since it is frequently screened around then, but it really is perfect for this list because of all the witches.  Dorothy’s house drops on one Wicked Witch, flattening her, and calling up her sister who threatens revenge and the winged monkeys!  Of course, Glenda, the good witch, makes everything into a happy ending and Dorothy gets home safely and we all sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow together.

I Married a Witch is a 1942 movie with Veronica Lake (of blond hair falling across her face) who stars as a 300 year old witch from colonial era Salem. Just as she is about to be burned at the stake for witchcraft, the 17th century witch, Jennifer, casts a curse on the family of her accuser, dooming all the men of the future generations to marry the wrong women.  Freed from her ethereal prison some 250 years later, Jennifer decides to make the most recent descendent of her accuser (Frederic March) even more miserable by using a love potion on him to make him fall in love with her. Of course she ends up falling in love with him – and it is a happy ending for all!

Bell, Book and Candle from 1958 with Kim Novak and James Stewart was always a favorite of mine because Kim Novak has a Siamese cat, Pyewacket.   The story line in this movie is pretty simple: A modern-day witch casts a love spell on her rival’s fiancé in an attempt to get revenge. Her plan backfires as she slowly begins to fall for him.

A Kid Friendly Witch Movie for You

If you are looking for a witch-ey Hollywood movie to watch with a small person, then you might consider Matilda,  Nanny McPhee, the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Bewitched.

Matilda  With Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, the movie was a big favorite in my house as my daughter, Lise Courtney, was growing up.  Matilda realizes she has powers to move things with her mind and she is able to defeat a nasty mean principal and get back at her parents who aren’t particularly interested in her.

Nanny McPhee stars Emma Thompson (with an amazing make up job) and Colin Firth. Angela Lansbury and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually) are part of the cast too.  Nanny McPhee is an immortal witch who uses her magical powers to get seven rambunctious kids under control.  Imagine Mary Poppins as a witch with seven children instead of just two.

Bewitched If you grew up on Samantha, Endora, Darren and Tabitha, you might enjoy this movie version of Bewitched with Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Shirley Maclaine and Michael Caine.  (Watching this movie is worth it just for the cast alone.)   This movie is way more complicated than the tv show, but it’s harmless enough and it does have witches to fit the theme.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The LIon, the Witch and the Wardrobe  The story of Narnia is a wonderful read and the movie is enjoyable too!  Three siblings evacuated from London to the country find a wardrobe on a rainy afternoon that leads to a magical world.  In Narnia, the children meet incredible creatures and fight the wicked Ice Witch.  Since this is written by C.S. Lewis, you know that it is not only a wonderful fairy tale but also a multilayered story for adults of the battle beween good and evil.

Truly Scary Halloween Witch Movies

What is Halloween without scary movies?  (Actually in my house, Halloween without scary movies is a good thing!)  If you love the scary movie season, then here are some witch-y suggestions.

The Blair Witch Project  Three film students disappear while working on a project documenting the local legend: The Blair Witch.  Their equipment and footae was all that’s left behind, and that’s what viewers watch in this movie. Interestingly, the “found footage” was shot on a camcorder in Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County, MD.  A few scenes were filmed in the historic town of Burkittsville, MD.  Some of the townspeople interviewed in the movie were not actors.

Rosemary’s Baby Mia Farrow moves into an apartment in New York City (in the Dakota on Central Park West).  She comes to suspect that her elderly neighbors (including Ruth Gordon) are members of a Satanic cult and are grooming her in order to use her baby for their rituals.   I guess the price of a co-op at the Dakota is not the only scary thing going on there!

An American Haunting The movie is based on the legend of the Bell Witch, a southern folk story that centers on the Bells of Tennessee.  As the tale goes, the family was terrorized for years by an invisible force that could shape shift and physically attack them.

The Witch  This movie is a real deal horror story set in New England during the 1630s.  Strange things start happening on a family’s remote farm, and they become suspicious of their teenage daughter.

If Scary Movies Aren’t Your Thing

If watching a witch movie is not your favorite thing, but you do love talking about real esatte and the market as it evolves, then maybe we should get together and talk!  I would love to have a cup of coffee with you and figure out how to accomplish your dream of a new home or a sound financial decision.  There is nothing scary about that!   Call me at 240-401-5577 or email me at lise@lisehowe.com.

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