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Wicked Stepmother (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 3 February 1989 (USA)
A mother/daughter pair of witches descend on a yuppie family's home and cause havoc, one at a time since they share one body & the other must live in a cat the rest of the time. Now it's up... See full summary »


Larry Cohen


Larry Cohen
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Miranda Pierpoint
Barbara Carrera ... Priscilla
Colleen Camp ... Jenny Fisher
Lionel Stander ... Sam
David Rasche ... Steve Fisher
Shawn Donahue Shawn Donahue ... Mike
Tom Bosley ... Lt. MacIntosh
Richard Moll ... Nathan Pringle
Evelyn Keyes ... Witch Instructor
James Dixon ... Detective Flynn
Seymour Cassel ... Feldshine, Magick Shop Owner
Susie Garrett ... Mandy
Laurene Landon ... Vanilla
Bob Goen Bob Goen ... Game Show Host
Robert Frank Telfer ... Game Show Producer


A mother/daughter pair of witches descend on a yuppie family's home and cause havoc, one at a time since they share one body & the other must live in a cat the rest of the time. Now it's up to the family's mother, a private detective and a suspended police officer to try and stop the witches. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Beware of these "Bette Davis eyes"! See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


PG-13 | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Lucille Ball almost replaced Bette Davis, but her own illness led her to back out. She would in fact predecease Bette Davis by several months. See more »


Man pretending to be gardener mutilates hedge with electric chainsaw while soundtrack is of gasoline chainsaw. See more »


Miranda Pierpoint: Call me mama!
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Alternate Versions

The version of this film that airs on cable TV edits out much of the scene involving Priscilla and Steve fooling around, including all of the references to Priscilla going back into cat form. This version implies that the two did sleep together. See more »


References The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965) See more »

User Reviews

I liked it!
30 November 2005 | by Rainsford55See all my reviews

Sadly this film has been trashed over and over. But Bette Davis actually saves this movie from being totally forgotten. It was our last opportunity to see her act before her passing in Oct 1989. She doesn't look anywhere near as bad as she thought she did; in the scene where she meets her new step-grandson, she looks very effective in her white ensemble.

It has it's funny moments, Bette is both dry and witty in her principal scenes and I'd love to see it out on DVD. I gave it 8 out of 10. No problems with the production design nor direction. Cohen made a courageous attempt to put together a quick fix storyline after Bette Davis walked out after one week's filming and I salute him for giving Bette a final opportunity to appear on screen. She's wonderful in her too few scenes. A complete riot. If only it could have been completed, this would have been quite a comedy.

Thanks to the cast and crew for working on this film after the difficulties. If they hadn't, we'd never have seen the scene's Bette did film.

I liked it!

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Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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