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Little Witches (1996)

A group of girls at a Catholic boarding school get mixed up in the occult.

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Mimi Rose ...
Faith Ferguson (as Mimi Reichmeister)
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Jamie
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Sister Sherilyn
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Father Michael
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Mother Clodah
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Sheriff Gordon
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Kelsey
Zoe Alexander ...
Nicole
Lalaneya Hamilton ...
Gina
Melissa Taub ...
Erica
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Daniel
Sister Napolitano ...
Herself
Landon Hall ...
Masked Girl
Constance Crossen ...
Illuminati Girl
Erica Doering ...
Illuminati Girl

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Six misfit schoolgirls at an all-girl Catholic high school, left alone at the school for Easter week, get mixed up with the occult and witchcraft after an old Satanic temple is found underneath the church where they attend as well as an old book of black magic spells for conjuring up an ancient demon from the pits of Hell. Janie, the most characteristic and cruelest of the girls, takes charge of the group and plots to resurrect the demon using a series of black arts spells, while one innocent girl, Faith, has a change of heart and tries to stop them from completing their spell which also includes a human sacrifice. Written by Anonymous

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Forgive Me Father, For I Am Sin

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Rated R for occult violence, nudity and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 December 1996 (USA)  »

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A Maldição das Bruxas  »

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In Faith's Stanford waiting list paper, you can see that her last name is Ferguson See more »

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When the girls gather around the window of Room 24, sunlight is shining through behind the curtain. Yet when they go outside to investigate, it is clearly night. See more »

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[Jamie comes out of the confessional and tells them she has to pray for 20 minutes]
Nicole: What did she do?
Kelsey: ...What didn't she do?
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Featured in Svengoolie: Little Witches (2001) See more »

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Nineties occultsploitation
28 January 2017 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

"Little Witches" follows a group of girls at a Catholic boarding school in Southern California who are holed up together over the Easter vacation. Some rowdy, some bored, and some sexually- repressed, they group together and begin dabbling with the occult, and unleash evil beyond their imagination.

Often footnoted as the cut-out bin-equivalent to "The Craft," "Little Witches" is drawing on a lengthy tradition of Catholic schoolgirl occult exploitation that has been a trend dating back to the television films of the seventies—"Satan's School for Girls" and "The Possessed" come to mind. In fact, "Little Witches" is really not all that different from those films, aside from the fact that its straight-to-video release allowed for gratuitous nudity and other material that would've never made on television. In spite of this, the film very much feels like a made-for-TV movie, with indolent cinematography, a distracting musical score, and anemic performances from just about all involved.

In short, yes, this is a terrible film, one whose main attraction for many is the abundance of female flesh and sacrilegious antics. The flip side? There is definitely an audience for it, and though I can't necessarily count myself as one of them, I can understand where people find the charm in it. The film is peppered with fun scenes, and the over-the-top ending is reminiscent of the hokiest of the "Children of the Corn" sequels. Jennifer Rubin plays the authoritative nun/mother figure of the film, while a young Clea DuVall has a small part as one of the sorores Satanae; Sheeri Rappaport plays the ringleader of the girls, while Mimi Rose plays (unconvincingly) the film's moral center. Zelda Rubinstein also makes a rather amusing token appearance.

Overall, "Little Witches" is a generally weak film that is also a vainglorious B-movie triumph in some sense. It's technically quite abysmal on most accounts, but it also oddly seems to be aware of this. There is fun to be had for the right frame of mind (or right viewer), but at the end of the day, it's still a cheap and easy Satanic sisterhood flick that, while more gratuitous than its peers, does not rise above them. 4/10.


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