Top Grossing Witch Movies since The Wizard of Oz

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April’s cinematic re-release of The Witch spawned a whole new slew of mixed reviews from audience members who either loved it or absolutely hated it. In all my time obsessing over horror movies, I have never seen such an abundance of remarks and comments so completely and utterly polarizing. I myself  adore the film and expect I’ll be listing it among the top 10 horror films of 2016 come December. Oh yes… I went there.

If you’re not sure who you feel about The Witch, I highly recommend watching The Witch Explained by Ryan Hollinger. It’s an extremely insightful interpretation highlighting the central metaphor and many intricate details of the plotline – some of which could easily be missed while watching the film.

Whether you loved The Witch or you hated it (Why?? HOW could you hate this – WHAT is wrong with you?!… ahem) you can nevertheless agree that, at this particular time, a good witch-themed horror would make a refreshing addition to the genre’s agglomeration of films so far. When asked to recall any notable horror films about a witch, most people would immediately think of The Blair Witch Project but then struggle to come up with more titles (kudos to you if you recalled Suspiria). That’s because most of the top grossing films about witches aren’t actually horrors.

It could be the common portrayal of the whimsical, broomstick-wielding hag or the unassailable luster of those heroes of Hogwarts that has made depicting witches and warlocks as creatures that are altogether frightening a little bit difficult, but, unlike other iconic monsters of horror, witches have been allowed to find their way into just about every other film genre.

Beautiful, comical or terrible, here are the top grossing films about the witches that we love, fear and admire.

 

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Looking for some witches you’d prefer to fear? Here are some films worth checking out.

They’re Watching (2016)

Suspiria (1977)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

The Wicker Man (1973)

Black Sunday (1960)

The Conqueror Worm (1968)

The Craft (1996)

Black Death (2010)

 

 

 

How to Watch a Horror Movie

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Want to be a horror fan? Well, as you may already know, the watching of horror movies is nothing to be taken lightly. It is not for the faint of heart – or the weak of bladder. In fact, it should be left to those who are either extremely brave, or extremely stupid. Nonetheless, with time and practice you can begin to hone in on what it takes to be a horror movie fan, and survive this deadly, yet fulfilling new habit.
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10 Horror Movie Sequels That Were Better Than the Originals

It’s been universally agreed upon that sequels are rarely ever as good as the movies they follow. Watching them is much like reading a book and then viewing its film adaptation. You know it’s not going to be quite as satisfactory, but you enjoyed the original so much you give it a shot even though you aren’t expecting to be thrilled. It’s, at its worst, just a bonus to the original masterpiece that you cherish and because of that fact, you’ll probably even see it more than once. This is how sequels work – and also why production companies continue to find success in crudely turning them out. In short, they frequently suck, but we still love them. The same cannot be said, however, about the 10 sequels on this list.

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The Best and Worst of 2015′s Horror Films

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As if there was anything else I would write about on the cusp of the new year… Here is a list of the horror films that soared and sank (and stank) in 2015. Complete with some honorable mentions at the end, this is the only list you’ll need to concern yourself with as the year comes to an imperceptible end. It doesn’t think. It doesn’t feel. It doesn’t give up. It goes as follows.

 

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Everything You Want to Know About KRAMPUS

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If you’re eager to hit the theaters and see the upcoming horror comedy, Krampus, serve up some merrymade mayhem this week, you’re not alone. Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner drive a cast that could attract just about anyone, but it’s the main title character who will have horror, folklore and even Christmas movie fans alike clamoring for a ticket to the show. With the release of Michael Dougherty’s Krampus just days away, it’s time to get educated on this ancient mythical creature before the week is out.

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The 13 Greatest Female Monsters in Film

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It’s Friday the 13th again! If you’re not thinking about watching a Jason Voorhees flick, checking out a never before seen horror or at least jumping out from the bushes at some poor, unsuspecting passersby wearing a hockey mask, then maybe I can help get you in the spirit. I’m listing the 13 greatest female supes (that’s supernaturals in case you never watched Trueblood) and monsters in film. Enjoy!

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Arrives Today!

 

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Now that Halloween has come and gone, it seems like we’re all in need of a little cheering up. While begrudgingly deleting the Halloween Countdown from my sidebar this weekend, even I felt the a slight pang of dread washing over me, knowing that my beloved Halloween season was over and the inevitable holly jolly BS that’s associated with that other holiday was ahead. (Thank god for Krampus, right?) November 2nd was a sad sad day indeed. At least The Day of the Dead on the 1st softened the blow – especially coming on a lazy Sunday. There was still plenty of horror on the tube for us to watch while vedging out and eating greasy delivery in order to nurse our All Hallows Hangovers. Now, however, is a completely different and dispiriting story. If only we had something else to look forward to…

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