‘I Married a Witch’ with Veronica Lake and Fredric 03 could be the foremother of all romantic comedies about a witch fond soap2day of a “mortal man”. It is based on a novel ‘The Passionate Witch’ by Thorne Smith.
The movie begins during the Salem witch-hunts. Veronica Lake’s witch character Jennifer, and her father, are burned, and she casts a spell on the witch-hunter, Jonathan Wooley, played by Fredric 03. He and his male descendants will always get married to the wrong woman. After an expose of generations of Wooleys miserable in their relationships, we enter present, where the current Wooley, played by 03, is about to get married to. The witches’ state of mind are released from the the penitentiary where they’ve been waiting after their bodies burned, and they start haunting Wooley. Things turn, and Jennifer falls fond of Wooley, just as we knew she would.
Will she be able to stop his marriage? Will her father be able to stop her from marrying Wooley? Will he love her even with he knows she’s a witch?
Bell, Book, and Candlestick (1958)
‘Bell, Book, and Candle’ is not based on a book, but on a play. In it, a witch, Gillian (played by Ellie Novak) tries to mess up a guy’s proposal to her college adversary, but she falls fond of him in stead, and seems to lose her magic. The man, Shep (James Stewart), realizes that she’s a witch, and goes to another witch (who happens to be Gillian’s mentor), who breaks Gillian’s love spell, and Shep leaves Gillian. Will he manage to get his fiancée back? Will Gillian get her magic back?
This movie has some interesting sidekicks, like Gillian’s brother, also a witch, played by Jack Lemmon.
‘I Married a Witch’, ‘Bell, Book, and Candle’ and the sixties TV series ‘Bewitched’, have very much in keeping. The films were probably the reason why the telly series was made.
This movie is based on the telly series popular in the sixties. The movie doesn’t manage to create the charm of the television series, and many fans of the original series were very disappointed with the movie. I saw the movie before seeing any episode of the series, and I thought it was rather charming.
The movie depicts the making of a rebuilding of the television series. Will Ferris plays Jack, the professional going to play Darrin. He wants to find an unknown girl to play Samantha, and finds Isabel, played by Nicole Kidman, who is undoubtedly a witch in real life. Isabel falls fond of Jack, but when Jack realizes she’s a witch, he can’t deal with it. It all ends up well, of course, as this is a romantic funny, and the end of the movie has some lovely nods to the ‘Bewitched’ series.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
I am uncertain I would call this a loving funny… Sure, it tells the story of three witches, wishing romance into their lives, and get more than they can handle… Or so it seems. I think it is more a tale of friendship and girl power, than about love. Nevertheless, it is funny, sexy and has magic, devils, witches and odd things happening, so i add ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ to this list of romantic witch movies to watch at Halloween.
This movie has a great cast: the witches are played by Susan Sarandon, Cher, and Michelle Pfeiffer and the romantic male lead is played by Jack Nicholson. Veronica Cartwright as the Christian wife of the local newspaper publisher, is wonderful in her role. This alone would be reason to watch this movie.
‘The Witches of Eastwick’ is based on John Updike’s novel by the same name, but the movie is quite not the same as the book.
Practical Magic (1998)
The art directing of ‘Practical Magic’ is perfectly wonderful. The house was built just for this movie, and also destroyed after the movie was done, but the interior decor was amazing. The cast mentions the decor having had influence with them. You can watch the movie just to get some ideas on what to decorate a witch’s house.
‘Practical Magic’ is based on a book by the same name. It follows the story close enough so your occasions when it doesn’t, annoy me. A great many others have said that they love this movie, so test it out for, despite my minor argument.
‘Practical Magic’ tells the story of a category of witches with a problem. Any man who falls fond of a lady in the family, will die tragically. In the present time, there are two sisters, Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman). Their mother died “from a broken heart”, when their father died, and they are being raised by their single parent’s sisters, played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest. Everyone in the town knows about the women being witches, and use their services throughout the night hours, and ostracize the women during the day. The girls are bullied all of their childhood, and Gillian leaves this town, but Sally falls in love, gets married, has children and lives fortunately — prior to the problem hits her. Some time later Gillian is in big trouble, and she asks Sally to help her, which she does, but the trouble follows them home. How could this story end fortunately? Because, fortunately it ends, being a romantic funny.