Hide your kids. Hide your mice. In 2020’s long list of films that are heading straight to streaming, Roald Dahl’s The Witches is landing on HBO Max on October 22. While a straight to streaming release used to mean bad news for a film, we live in times where we’re grateful to land any new film from the comfort of our couch. Pair that with how incredible the trailer looks, and it’s difficult to imagine that this remake of the 1990 film will be anything less than a perfectly wild ride. Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, the film follows a boy who finds himself in the crosshairs of a coven of witches. Only with the help of his grandmother can he escape and ensure they can’t turn the entire world population of children into mice. The story seems pretty innocuous, but if you were a kid of the ’90s growing up with the Anjelica Huston version of this movie, you know this story is not one to mess around with. Scores of children are still haunted by Huston, bald and in full prosthetic makeup. Do I still imagine being turned into a mouse and having to call my grandma up for help? Yes. And that’s terrifying because I was never that close with her. But that’s my burden to work out in therapy. Instead, check out the trailer:
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With Robert Zemeckis at the helm of the film, joined by a team including Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris, this new iteration of The Witches looks to be as visually stunning as you’d come to expect from that crew. Here’s to a whole new generation of children being gently terrified and irreparably scarred by Anne Hathaway, floating above them in what is hopefully equally terrifying makeup.
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.
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