I Married a Witch (1942)
‘I Married a Witch’ with Veronica Lake and Fredric March could be the foremother of all romantic comedies with regards to a witch in love with a “mortal man”. It is based on a novel ‘The Passionate Witch’ by Thorne Smith.
The movie begins for the duration of the Salem witch-hunts. Veronica Lake’s witch reputation Jennifer, and her father, are burned, and she casts a spell on the witch-hunter, Jonathan Wooley, played by Fredric March. He and his male descendants will always marry the faulty woman. After an expose of generations of Wooleys miserable in their marriages, we enter the present day, where the current Wooley, played by March, is regarding to marry. The witches’ spirits are freed from the prison where they have been waiting after their bodies burned, and they commence haunting Wooley. Things turn, and Jennifer falls in love with Wooley, just as we knew she would.
Will she be competent to stop his marriage? Will her father be capable to stop her from marrying Wooley? Will he love her even after he knows she’s a witch?
Bell, Book, and Candle (1958)
‘Bell, Book, and Candle’ is not based on a book, but on a play. In it, a witch, Gillian (played by Kim Novak) tries to spoil a man’s engagement to her college enemy, but she falls in love with him in stead, and loses her magic. The man, Shep (James Stewart), finds out 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 a good deal of interesting sidekicks, like Gillian’s brother, likewise a witch, played by Jack Lemmon.
‘I Married a Witch’, ‘Bell, Book, and Candle’ and the 60′s TV series ‘Bewitched’, have very much in common. The movies were in all probability the reason why the television series was created.
This movie is based on the television series ordinary in the 60′s. The movie doesn’t manage to manufacture the charm of the television series, and a good deal of fans of the primary 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 remake of the television series. Will Ferris plays Jack, the actor going to play Darrin. He wants to find an unknown girl to play Samantha, and finds Isabel, played by Nicole Kidman, who happens to be a witch in real life. Isabel falls in love with Jack, but when Jack finds out she’s a witch, he can’t deal with it. It all ends up well, of course, as this is a romantic comedy, and the end of the movie has numerous lovely nods to the ‘Bewitched’ series.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
I am not sure I would call this a romantic comedy… Sure, it tells the story of three witches, who wish romance into their lives, and end up getting more than they may handle… Or so it seems. I think it is more a story of friendship and girl power, than when it comes to love. Nevertheless, it is funny, sexy and has magic, demons, witches and weird 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 editor, is fantasti 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 rather dissimilar from the book.
Practical Magic (1998)
The art directing of ‘Practical Magic’ is utterly wonderful. The house was built just for this movie, and also demolished after the movie was done, but the interior decor was amazing. The cast mentions the decor having had influence on them. You may watch the movie just to get a lot of ideas on how to decorate a witch’s house.
‘Practical Magic’ is based on a book by the same name. It follows the story close sufficient so that the times when it doesn’t, irritate me. Many others have said that they love this movie, so give it a try, in spite of my minor objection.
‘Practical Magic’ tells the story of a family of witches with a curse. Any man who falls in love with a woman in the family, will die tragically. In the current time, there are two sisters, Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman). Their mother passed away “from a broken heart”, when their father died, and they are being raised by their mother’s sisters, played by Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest. Everyone in the village knows regarding the women being witches, and use their services for the duration of the night hours, and ostracize the women for the duration of the day. The girls are bullied all their childhood, and Gillian leaves the town, but Sally falls in love, gets married, has children and lives happily – until the curse hits her. Some time later Gillian is in huge trouble, and she asks Sally to support her, which she does, but the trouble follows them home. How could this story end happily? Because, happily it ends, being a romantic comedy.
‘Practical Magic’ is partially very dark, including demonic possession and exorcism, but the end is very sweet.