The Worst Witch
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This DVD film stars Diana Rigg, Tim Curry, Charlotte Rae, and Fairuza Balk. When pupils disappear into thin air or turn into pigs by mistake, everyone points a finger at Mildred - the worst witch in the school. No matter how hard she tries to master pot
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I'm giving this 5 stars because there's no denying the nostalgic love for those who grew up with this movie, and the DVD preserves that magic quite well (or so I'm told). Personally, however, I feel I must at least end my review of this "wow, how can one movie be soooo bad?" film with a follow-up recommendation, and that is to watch Return to Oz. Released only a year prior to The Worst Witch, it also features Fairuza Balk, this time as Dorothy. A darker and slightly scarier look at Oz, but a film well worth owning (or at least watching once), with much better acting overall and special effects are leaps and bounds ahead of The Worst Witch. Plus a story line that much more closely resembles Frank Oz's books, which were a whole lot darker than The Wizard of Oz film might have led you to believe.
Mildred Hubble (Fairuza Balk) is the screw up at her witch boarding school. Everything she does winds up backfiring on her and there's a know-it-all show-off bully girl that is always trying to get her in even more trouble. During potions class and flying lessons, she makes even more mistakes, but shows promise, too. There is a special event planned for Halloween since the Grand Wizard is coming to visit their school. Mildred makes it onto the flying team to do a choreographed flight demonstration, but as her broom was broken during flying lessons, the bully lends her a nice one, but she has it cursed to make an even larger fool out of Mildred. With a catastrophically disastrous ending to the demonstration, Mildred decides to run away from her humiliation.
It is outside the academy grounds that she runs across a group of witches in the woods who are plotting to take over the school so they can teach their own dark magic lessons. The leader of the group happens to be the twin of the headmistress of the academy and feels she has a birthright to be headmistress instead of her sister. Mildred is discovered and they threaten to change her into something nasty and she instead turns them into snails and takes them back to the school to let her Headmistress deal with them.
Very cheesy and embarrassing in parts - I'm sure Tim Curry and Diana Rigg would rather forget this episode of their careers - but ok for children.
Sure it's cheezy, but it's clearly a pre-Harry Potter but very harry potter type of story, which is no supprise to those aware of the books about the Worst Witch.
But it's alot of fun. I absolutely adore Faruzia Balk, and this is a great movie for fans of hers as a child beyond "Return to Oz" or "Valmont"
Plus, Tim Curry in one of the best cheezy but amazing and played straight music numbers with "Anything Can Happen On Halloween". It's worth it just for that.
Plus Plus, Mrs. Garret, so there's that.
Alot of fun, and I am so glad after all these years I have it again. Perrenial Halloween must. So long rented VHS copy from the public library I only got to see once, hello having it all to myself anytime I want.
Seriously, get it for halloween schtick lovers everywhere.
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