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Looking back at The Witches

30 November 2010 10:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Is it really 20 years since the Roald Dahl adaptation, The Witches, appeared? Yes. But it’s as worthy of your attention as ever, as Jeff explains…

"My orders are that every single child in this country shall be r-r-rubbed out, sqvashed, sqvirted, sqvittered and frrrittered," barks the Grand High Witch in Roald Dahl's The Witches, a controversial tale about 'real witches', that has pushed the fright envelope more than any other contemporary children's book or film.

It's been twenty years since one of the most unorthodox fusions of talent pooled together to scare kids silly, with Roald Dahl's source material played surprisingly close to the text, Jim Henson's muppets in full grotesque mode, and strangely enough, maverick director Nicolas Roeg at the helm of a 'children's movie'.

Dahl's spin on childhood is uniquely humorous and violent. His protagonists are often lone operators in which death is not only a fact, »

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