The Witches - Coming to HBO Max on Oct. 22



The Witches - Image from Warner Bros. Pictures


If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we can have nice things released direct to our living rooms!  The latest movie coming straight to streaming is The Witches - the 2020 adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.  You may be familiar with the 1990 movie of the same name, but 30 years later, Warner Brothers is remaking the film for the next generation.  Let's take a look at the trailer!

The Witches 2020 - Trailer Reaction


There are a few things that I had running through my head on this one.  First, I grew up in the 90s and a fan of Roald Dahl books, but I have no recollection of the original movie or the book.  In fact, I went and found the trailer for the original movie on YouTube just to see if it jogged my memory.  It didn't - but I put it here if you wanted to take a look! Maybe I was too young when it came out??


Then let's talk about the cast of the 2020 remake of The Witches.  I'm very excited to see Academy Award Winners Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer lead a pretty great cast.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of Hathaway in this type of role.  I'm so used to thinking about her as a proper princess in movies like The Princess Diaries, that seeing her as the Grand High Witch will be a big change for me.  As I was reading the synopsis to include here I realized I must have missed Kristen Chenoweth - now I'm going to have to go back and watch it again!

The plot seems like it's an enjoyable adventure for kids with just a little "spook" to put some scare the air this Halloween.  In true form that I've come to know and love about Roald Dahl books over the years, there is also a sense of humor to the writing that makes it less scary for children too.  I think my boys will enjoy tuning in for this one - what about your family?

About The Witches (From Warner Brothers Pictures)

The Witches - Image from Warner Bros. Pictures



From Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) comes the fantasy adventure “Roald Dahl’s The Witches.” The film stars Oscar winners Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérable,” “Ocean’s 8”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “The Shape of Water”), Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games” films, “The Lovely Bones”), with Kristin Chenoweth (TV’s “Glee” and “BoJack Horseman”) and award-winning comedy legend Chris Rock. Newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno (TV’s “Atlanta”) also stars, alongside Codie-Lei Eastick (“Holmes & Watson”). Reimagining Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans. Based on the book by Roald Dahl, the screenplay is by Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris (TV’s “black-ish,” “Shaft”) and Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”). Zemeckis is also producing, alongside Jack Rapke, del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Luke Kelly. Serving as executive producers are Jacqueline Levine, Marianne Jenkins, Michael Siegel, Gideon Simeloff and Cate Adams. Zemeckis’s behind-the-scenes team includes a roster of his frequent collaborators, including Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump”), production designer Gary Freeman, editors Jeremiah O’Driscoll and Ryan Chan, Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston (“Allied,” “Lincoln”), and Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (“Polar Express,” “Forrest Gump”). Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, an Image Movers/Necropia/Experanto Filmoj Production, a Robert Zemeckis Film, “Roald Dahl’s The Witches.” TheWitchesMovie.com