Hide your children. Hide your mice. In the long list of 2020 movies heading straight for streaming, Roald Dahl’s Witches lands on HBO Max on October 22. While a direct streaming release meant bad news for a movie, we live in a time when we’re thankful to snag any new movie from the comfort of our couch. Pair that with the incredible looks of the trailer, and it’s hard to imagine this remake of the 1990 film will be anything less than a perfectly wild race.
Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, the film follows a boy who finds himself in the sights of a coven of witches. Only with the help of his grandmother can he escape and make sure that they cannot turn the entire world population of children into mice. The story seems harmless enough, but if you were a kid in the ’90s and grew up with the Anjelica Huston version of that movie, you know this story isn’t a story to mess around with. Dozens of children are still haunted by Huston, bald and in full prosthetic makeup. Do I still imagine being turned into a mouse and having to call my grandma for help? Yes. And it’s terrifying because I’ve never been so close to her. But it’s my burden to work in therapy. Take a look at the trailer instead:
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With Robert Zemeckis at the helm of the film, joined by a team including Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris, this new iteration of The witches appears to be as visually stunning as you would expect from this crew. Here is a whole new generation of kids who are softly terrified and irreparably scarred by Anne Hathaway, floating above them in what is hopefully just as terrifying.
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