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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 »

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Larry Cohen

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tanz der Hexen See more »

Filming Locations:

Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,749
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Jenny talks to Steve about how much she misses her mother, we see two pictures of Jenny's deceased mother in her room. Both pictures are of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis ' on-and-off screen rival. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in In Plain Sight: WitSec Stepmother (2010) See more »

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"This is reality. Not MGM".
19 February 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Don't know what I can say about this one… other than it's a complete utter mess that's hard to make sense of this oddity. It's like the curiosity of a car crash, as you simply can't take your eyes of the damage. Cult Director / writer Larry Cohen's "Wicked Stepmother" does look well produced (a budget over 2 million) until we get to some really cheap, kitschy special effects (fluoro lighting) that flooded the back-end of the feature. Technically its sound, up to that point. But this production while heavy-handed and campy, really had trouble with a lot going on behind the scenes namely with star billing actress Bette Davis, where she would eventually walk out of the presentation. Her character turned everything upside on the screen and also behind it. This left the filmmakers trying to fill in the gaps by reworking the story (witchcraft, the occult and game shows) and by the end product it truly shows it's made on the spot feel. Many random occurrences, incoherent story threads and bemusing performances. It wasn't as bad as I last remembered it and I remained entertained (always keep a look for movie references), but there's no doubting it's a chaotic shamble. Even if for the wrong reasons at least it was an amusing shamble. There's quite an interesting cast to boot as well; Colleen Camp goes about things in animated fashion, Barbara Carrera manipulative steams it up as Davis' replacement (yep that's right --- also lets not forget the smoking cat), David Rasche, Tom Bosley shows up as an open-minded detective, Richard Moll is diverting as a bumbling private eye and in minor, but key cameo roles are Evelyn Keyes and Seymor Cassel. Cohen regulars Laurene Landon and James Dixon also have small parts. Not particularly humorous (well laugh out loud) and the pacing makes it feel much longer than it actually is. Don't know if would have been much better, still would have been interesting see to how it was originally intended to be, but this silly comic outing remains a disjointed, witless comedy of mayhem and errors


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