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The Witches

Released 1990
Distributor Warner Bros.

In Roald Dahl’s 1983 The Witches, a young boy and his grandmother stumble upon a gathering of child-hating spell-casters. The book was typical Dahl; sardonic yet playful and Nicholas Roeg’s pitch-perfect 1990 adaptation hits each bullseye, from the mouse-eye perspectives of a boy-turned-rodent to the funny-ghastly witch make-up devised by Jim Henson’s studio for the regal Angelica Huston. Roeg keeps the atmosphere properly menacing giving the film the aura of a classic fairy tale. Sadly the film tanked at the box office but lives on for movie fans willing to take the road less traveled.

About Bernard Rose

Bernard Rose was one of the pioneering music video directors in the early days of MTV,  shooting Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Red Red Wine for UB40. Rose’s feature credits as writer and director include Paperhouse, Candyman, Immortal Beloved, Ivansxtc, Anna Karenina, and Two Jacks. Rose has recently completed his Japanese language ‘Samurai Marathon 1855’ for producers Jeremy Thomas & Toshiaki Nakazawa. You can check out his work at