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the witching hour: halloween chick flicks
by Kiera Tara O'Brien |
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flick pick | The Witches of Eastwick 1987
Directed by: George Miller
Written by: John Updike (story), Michael Cristofer
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, Cher
Language: English
Look for it at the video store under: comedy/thriller/fantasy
Watch it when you’re in the mood for something:  fantastical
The critic says: / 5 the rating system explained
Fright factor: /5 

Plot synopsis In the dreary little town of Eastwick, three women with the rather strange ability to change the weather according to their moods accidentally summon an outrageous womanizer of a warlock to brighten up their conservative New England lifestyles. Never mind that he may or may not be the devil: Alexandra, Jane and Sukie are swept off their proverbial brooms by the strangely appealing Daryl Van Horne – a roguish Richie Rich with nothing but horseplay and sensual indulgence on his mind. While enjoying the sumptuous delights of his mansion, chef, butler, Mercedes and indoor pool, the devilish Daryl sets free the witches’ magical powers and sends the residents of this prudish Rhode Island town up in Biblical arms. When they realize Daryl is up to something a little more naughty, the sexy trio aren’t about to let him continue unchecked and resolve to do something about it!

Review Sex, food and magic are high on the menu of this crackerjack cinematic interpretation of John Updike’s novel, The Witches of Eastwick. Nicholson is the undeniable star of this little soiree, turning in a performance that is boorishly despicable in some turns and downright delicious in others. Some critics complain that the plot is rather misogynistic – women as witches and a powerful man as the catalyst for their personal growth. With Nicholson as the wisecracking, eyebrow-raising Van Horne, though, it’s hard to see the film as anything less than a satire of such patriarchal concepts. Sarandon, Cher and Pfeiffer play the female trio falling under Nicholson’s devilish charm. These gals are certainly no Blair witches – in fact, the coven never looked so hot! The blondie, redhead and brunette rock the screen with natural quirks and a brilliant sense of comic timing. Plus it’s just good fun to see them shake Dulls-ville up a bit! This stellar cast keeps the momentum rolling, even through the over-the-top cherry puking scenes. If that’s not enough to get you out to the video store, the utterly out-of-date fashions of the leading ladies are a brilliant excuse for a full on 80s-themed Halloween bash. Shoulder pads and parachute pants welcome.

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