Not all of the films listed are kid friendly, so if you're after a family friendly film maybe avoid 3,5 and 7 but all are worth a watch. This is just a tiny amount of some of the awesome Witch themed films available and i'm sure they'll be a part 2 in the future so be sure to let me know what Witchy films you love in the comments below.
Hocus Pocus is possibly one of the most famous Halloween films around but did you know it wasn't always the case? The film was originally released in July (because July is such a spooky month right?) in the USA and October in the UK. It didn't do well at the box office at all and most would have thought it would be forgotten.
As we all know that isn't the case and over the years it has become a huge classic that is shown many times, every single year in October. The film follows Max, Dani and Alison who have to stop a trio of witches from sucking the lives out of all the children in Salem. If you have never seen it then stop reading this article and go and watch it NOW.
Another classic is Roald Dahls The Witches! Staring Anjelica Huston, The Witches follows the story of Luke who has recently become an orphan. He is sent to live with his Grandma. When they take a visit to a seaside hotel Luke soon discovers that the Grand High Witch is having a meeting with all the other witches at the same hotel. He learns of their plan to turn all children into mice and must try and stop them.
I remember watching this film as a child and it terrified me but watching it again made me realise how fun this movie really is. It's definitely worth a watch and if you have time be sure to read the original book too.
The Witch or The V VItch as I like to call it (why use two V's to make a W?) is another film that's worth a watch. It's not incredibly fast moving but totally worth watching until the very end.
The Witch follows a family who are cast out of their village due to accusations of witchcraft. After setting up home elsewhere and alone their youngest child is taken by what they assume is a witch. As they hunt for their missing child the possibility that they've been cursed by an actual witch begins to build and life as they know it takes many twists and turns.
Practical Magic is possibly one of the first films that come to mind when you think of films about witches and rightly so because it's a great film.
Practical Magic follows two witch sisters who grow up with their two aunts. After they accidentally kill a man (he deserved it) they try and cover up his death. With the police on their trail and a few paranormal twists it doesn't work out as easy as they hoped. The book is also worth a read along with the prequel book that focuses on the early years of the two aunts. If that's also not enough the soundtrack features songs by the wonderful Stevie Nicks.
The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999 and was such a phenomenon that for a while a lot of people questioned whether it was actually real or not. I remember not being able to go to the cinema to see it due to being too young but begging my sister to rent it from Blockbuster when it was released. I did eventually watch it and terrified myself.
The film follows a trio of film students who venture into a Maryland forest to film a documentary about the legend of the Blair Witch. It very quickly becomes apparent that they're lost and that the legend of the Blair Witch might not be just a legend at all. A sequel to the original film was released a year later in 2000 although the found footage concept has been dropped for the sequel. In 2016 a surprise reveal also announced a third film in the franchise was released and it's as good, if not better than the original.
Howl's Moving Castle is one of many wonderful Studio Ghibli films and witches actually appear in quite a number of the Films. Moving Castle is one of my favourites and it's such a fun film that it just had to make the list.
The film follows Sophie who is unfortunately cursed by a witch. The curse has turned Sophie into an old woman instead of her usual 18 year old self. Hoping to break the curse she comes across Howl's Moving Castle and ventures inside where she makes a deal with a Fire Demon who promises to break her curse if she can help break the contract he has with the wizard Howl.
If you enjoy this film then be sure to check out other Ghibli classics such as Spirited Away, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro and Ponyo.
When thinking of films with witches the Craft is most likely on a lot of peoples lists, which is why it had to be included. A remake is currently in the works although I personally think it doesn't need one.
The Craft follows Sarah who recently starts at a new school. When she becomes friends with a trio of outcasts they join together to start playing around with magic. To begin with it all seems like harmless fun with personally benefits for each of them but when one of the girls starts using it for the wrong reasons the film soon takes a dark turn.