With Robert Eggers' The Witch now in theaters and proving to be this year's most debated horror movie ("It's great!" "It's terrible!" - The Internet), it's got me reflecting on other witch movies. Along with ghost movies and possession movies, witch movies have always been one of my least favorite -- and, to be fair, least explored -- subgenres of horror, so there are a ton of entries I have never seen. I am aware of this.
As a result, I do not suggest that these are meant to be witch movies you have never heard of. You have probably heard of most of these. You've probably even seen most of them. I know there's nothing more annoying than a list of films claiming to be overlooked or underrated and it's all Jackie Brown and Memento. The movies are on the list because even for someone who's not super into witch movies, these are really good.
1. I Married a Witch (1942, René Clair)
2. Black Sunday (1960, dir. Mario Bava)
3. Burn Witch Burn (aka Night of the Eagle) (1962, dir. Sidney Hayers)
4. Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm) (1968, dir. Michael Reeves)
5. Season of the Witch (aka Hungry Wives) (1973, dir. George A. Romero)
6. Inferno (1980, dir. Dario Argento)
7. The Woods (2006, dir. Lucky McKee)
May. It's not trying to be May. Despite not having written the script and running into interference with the studio, Lucky McKee still made this a Lucky McKee movie: the dreamy pop montages, the female protagonists attempting to navigate a world that is inherently hostile toward them, the shocking moments of violence. The atmosphere is really cool and while the witch stuff doesn't work as well as some of the buildup -- like a lot of horror movies, the explanations tend to disappoint -- this is such a better movie than I once gave it credit for being. I'm a huge fan of Lucky McKee and have become a big fan of this film.
8. The Lords of Salem (2013)
9. Witching and Bitching (2013, dir. Álex de la Iglesia)