Amuck amuck amuck! Our favourite films about witchcraft

Grab your cauldrons and broomsticks! The GFT Youth Board have selected their top films about witchcraft for you to enjoy this Halloween.

Hocus Pocus (PG, 1993)


It's camp, it's silly and it's dripping with nostalgia. Hocus Pocus' iconic three witches - Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bette Midler - singing I Put A Spell On You is guaranteed to get your Halloween off with a bang. 

There's a lot to love in this Disney classic. From baby-faced Thora Birch (of American Beauty fame) to Doug Jones hidden under all that make-up as Billy Butcherson (the creature from Shape of Water). It doesn't matter how many times you've seen it, Hocus Pocus is crammed with memorable moments and quotable lines ("Another glorious morning - makes me sick!").

Just don't go lighting any black-flamed candles.

The Witches (PG, 1990)


Still a terrifying experience thirty years later, The Witches (based on the Roald Dahl book) is a favourite among the Youth Board. Before Angelica Houston rocked her stunning Morticia look, she was frightening us all under a mountain of prosthetics as the Grand High Witch.

As a Jim Henson creature feature, there's something really magical about the practical special effects. Whether it's the talking mice or the transforming children, it still looks really cool after all this time. There might be a reboot staking its claim to the title, but the 1990 edition is still the one we love best.

Suspiria (18, 1977)


Dario Argento is a master of horror and Suspiria is one of his finest. Set in a dance school, the witches of Suspiria are truly frightening. Neon colours and a chilling score by Goblin make Suspiria an experience for your eyes and ears. But if you're not good with gore, maybe give this one a miss!

The reboot might have had some cool elements to it (Tilda Swinton and a score by Radiohead's Thom Yorke) but this is the one we'll be watching when midnight strikes on All Hallows Eve!

The Craft (15, 1996)


One of the ultimate nineties teen movies, for many people The Craft defined their teen years. It's goth as hell and has a killer soundtrack. The Craft gives power to a group of outsiders, helping them take on the horrors of high school before turning on each other.

And it gave us the iconic line, "We are the weirdos, mister."

The Witch (15, 2015)


Before The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers gave us almospheric New England folktale, The Witch. Anya Taylor-Joy wows in a heartbreaking performance of a girl whose father has gotten his family exiled and whose mother doesn't trust her. And whose siblings are some of the creepiest kids in horror cinema!

Of course, it also gave us the greatest goat of all time, Black Phillip. And yes we would like to live deliciously.

We'd love to hear your favourite cinematic witches so drop us a tweet @glasgowfilmedu and we'll share our favourites!

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