Thursday, October 6, 2016

Movie Review: The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick
Warner Bros., Guber-Peters Company, Kennedy Miller Productions, USA, 1987.
The Witches of Eastwick title

In a small town of Eastwick three women are more or less bored of their lives. Alexandra Medford (Cher) is a struggling ceramic artist. Sukie Ridgemont (Michelle Pfeiffer) is an overworked reporter and a housewife with million kids. Jane Spofford (Susan Sarandon) is a reserved music teacher who gets unwanted attention from Principal Walter (Keith Jochim). In a school celebration the rain interrupts Walter's boring speech. Funnily all three women wished for the same thing. All women wish to meet a mysterious stranger. And lo, that's what they get.
Oops, not that guy.

Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) moves into the town. Daryl's arrogance and vulgarity sweeps the ladies off their feet. The trio spends time in Daryl's mansion talking about life, sex and Daryl shows magick tricks. Gossips spread in the small town and the women get a bad reputation. Ultra-religious Felicia Alden (Veronica Cartwright) becomes their sworn enemy, but not for long as she dies in a freaky homicide. All three women get pregnant and Daryl may be the Devil himself. Unable to escape him, the women use Daryl's black magick against him with bizarre consequences.
Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher, Susan Sarandon
Sukie, Alex and Jane
Jack Nicholson
Daryl Van Horne
Horror comedy directed by George 'Mad Max' Miller is not one of his best but still fun. It is a strange film, partially it feels like a light sex comedy before taking direction towards Exorcist-style gross-out humour and later it evolves into creepy horror. There are some similarities with "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Susan Sarandon turns from shy girl to sex bomb, there is a weird mansion where the visitors loose their inhibitions and even a Riff Raff (minus the hair) look-alike Fidel (Carel Struycken). Well, it's not a musical and Jack doesn't wear a corset.
Richard O'Brien Carol Struycken lookalikes
Jack Nicholson does a memorably devilish role and it must have been good training for the role of the Joker couple of years later. The main trio is entertaining and the dialogue is good. Still the special effects in the end feel overdone, and leave the feeling of what did I just watch? Soundtrack by John Williams nicely creates playfully magical feeling, and he was nominated for an Oscar for the best original score.

Rating: Good

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Keith Jochim, Carel Struycken, Helen Lloyd Breed, Caroline Struzik, Michele Sincavage, Nicol Sincavage, Heather Coleman, Carolyn Ditmars, Cynthia Ditmars, Christine Ditmars, Craig Burket, Abraham Mishkind, Christopher Verrette, Becca Lish, Ruth Maynard, Lansdale Chatfield, Carole White, Babbie Green, Jane A. Johnston, Merrily Horowitz, Harriet Medin, Margot Dionne, James Boyle, John Blood, Ron Campbell, Eugene Boles, Corey Carrier, Kate Barret, Dan Edson, Anthony Falco, Kevin Goodwin, Tara Halfpenny, David Hazel, Melanie Hewitt, Matt Kane, Anne Lindgren, Jessica MacDonald, Corinna Minnar, Scott Nickerson, Stephen Oakes, Ann Senechal, James Staunton, Amy Warner, Jeff Beery, Grenville Cuyler, Robin Eddins, Kevin Fennessy
Director: George Miller

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