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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Roald Dahl was terrified by the 1990 adaptation of The Witches   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line
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2020-10-26 6:40:50 AM  
With good reason. Some of the visuals were intense
 
2020-10-26 6:44:34 AM  
I'm terrified at how shiatty the movie is.
 
2020-10-26 7:02:27 AM  
While Henson was extraordinarily gifted in bringing adorable whimsy to the screen, his darker creations were equally terrifying. Skeksis from The Dark Crystal were nightmare-inducing. Pretty frightening imagery for a children's movie.

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2020-10-26 7:06:38 AM  
Dahl was kind of a dick, though.
 
2020-10-26 7:54:39 AM  
The film does a really good job of capitalizing on the fear little kids have of adults. The moment that stuck with me as a kid was  when the Grand High Witch zaps another witch with lasers that shoot out if her eyes.  It combined a horror element with the real life terror of getting yelled at.
 
2020-10-26 8:15:16 AM  

CarnySaur: Dahl was kind of a dick, though.


What kind?
 
2020-10-26 8:16:44 AM  

karnal: CarnySaur: Dahl was kind of a dick, though.

What kind?


Motherfarking gargantuan.
 
2020-10-26 8:21:43 AM  
You do of course realize that "Roald Dahl" is an anagram of "LARD HO LAD", right?
 
2020-10-26 8:26:14 AM  

CarnySaur: Dahl was kind of a dick, though.


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Agrees
 
2020-10-26 8:28:20 AM  
Anne Hathaway in the trailer for the new version is kind of creepy

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2020-10-26 8:43:51 AM  
The original clicked in my 6 year old brain in a big way. Been a favorite ever since. Ready to see what the new version brings to the table.
 
2020-10-26 8:44:52 AM  
That new version on HBO is farking terrible. Zemeckis needs to stop trying to make movies that require a lot of CGI. He is not good at those. And Anne Hathaway just shot to the front of the race for a Razzie.
 
2020-10-26 8:47:50 AM  

Unright: I'm terrified at how shiatty the movie is.


I liked it a lot.
 
2020-10-26 8:59:07 AM  

rudemix: Anne Hathaway in the trailer for the new version is kind of creepy

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Indeed. Reminds me of this horror show:

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2020-10-26 9:02:11 AM  

rudemix: Anne Hathaway in the trailer for the new version is kind of creepy

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This looks more scary and intense than the original to me.
 
2020-10-26 9:09:12 AM  

Wendigogo: While Henson was extraordinarily gifted in bringing adorable whimsy to the screen, his darker creations were equally terrifying. Skeksis from The Dark Crystal were nightmare-inducing. Pretty frightening imagery for a children's movie.

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When i saw Dick Chaney introduced as VP at GOP the convention in 2000 my first thought was "Oh crap, a real-life Skekisis."
 
2020-10-26 9:37:57 AM  

stoli n coke: That new version on HBO is farking terrible. Zemeckis needs to stop trying to make movies that require a lot of CGI. He is not good at those. And Anne Hathaway just shot to the front of the race for a Razzie.


I thought Death Becomes Her was pretty damn good.

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What Lies Beneath, too

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2020-10-26 10:12:34 AM  

Wendigogo: stoli n coke: That new version on HBO is farking terrible. Zemeckis needs to stop trying to make movies that require a lot of CGI. He is not good at those. And Anne Hathaway just shot to the front of the race for a Razzie.

I thought Death Becomes Her was pretty damn good.

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What Lies Beneath, too

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Death Becomes her was made in 1989. Nearly all the effects in that movie were practical.

When he tries to employ CGI in small doses, like removing Gary Sinise's legs in Forrest Gump, Zemeckis usually does okay. But when he does big elaborate showy CGI, like Polar Express, Beowulf, or Marwen, it just doesn't work.

I just don't think he has an eye for it.
 
2020-10-26 11:09:10 AM  

dittybopper: You do of course realize that "Roald Dahl" is an anagram of "LARD HO LAD", right?


LARD LAD, HO!
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2020-10-26 11:15:26 AM  

stoli n coke: Wendigogo: stoli n coke: That new version on HBO is farking terrible. Zemeckis needs to stop trying to make movies that require a lot of CGI. He is not good at those. And Anne Hathaway just shot to the front of the race for a Razzie.

I thought Death Becomes Her was pretty damn good.

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What Lies Beneath, too

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Death Becomes her was made in 1989. Nearly all the effects in that movie were practical.

When he tries to employ CGI in small doses, like removing Gary Sinise's legs in Forrest Gump, Zemeckis usually does okay. But when he does big elaborate showy CGI, like Polar Express, Beowulf, or Marwen, it just doesn't work.

I just don't think he has an eye for it.


Never made the connection. Youre absolutely right. Beowulf is not easy on the eye. Non stop uncanny valley.
 
2020-10-26 11:51:48 AM  

stoli n coke: Wendigogo: stoli n coke: That new version on HBO is farking terrible. Zemeckis needs to stop trying to make movies that require a lot of CGI. He is not good at those. And Anne Hathaway just shot to the front of the race for a Razzie.

I thought Death Becomes Her was pretty damn good.

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What Lies Beneath, too

[Fark user image image 425x173]

Death Becomes her was made in 1989. Nearly all the effects in that movie were practical.

When he tries to employ CGI in small doses, like removing Gary Sinise's legs in Forrest Gump, Zemeckis usually does okay. But when he does big elaborate showy CGI, like Polar Express, Beowulf, or Marwen, it just doesn't work.

I just don't think he has an eye for it.


There are limitations to the software and techniques used in films like Polar Express or Beowulf. Particularly when it comes to capturing human movement and nuance. I think it has more to do with those limitations, than it does with the director's eye.

I haven't seen Marwen, so I can't speak to that.
 
2020-10-26 12:49:14 PM  
Could someone explain the rather..interesting.. scene with the Grand High Witch and her hand while the first boy was being turned into a mouse.

How that made it past the censors was mindboggling.
 
2020-10-26 2:38:29 PM  
I just finished reading the book with my 7 year old daughter who is usually immune to scary stuff but just seeing the trailer on Netflix spooks her, she says she is willing to give it a shot though.

Im curious how close they stuck to the book in the original, in the remake I can already see alot of changes just in the trailer.
 
2020-10-26 2:49:09 PM  

Hooker with a Penis: I just finished reading the book with my 7 year old daughter who is usually immune to scary stuff but just seeing the trailer on Netflix spooks her, she says she is willing to give it a shot though.

Im curious how close they stuck to the book in the original, in the remake I can already see alot of changes just in the trailer.


If I recall, the 1990 film gets a little darker than the book, but it also has a happier ending.
 
2020-10-26 4:43:46 PM  
Watched the remake last night with the lady, pretty meh all around. The movie moves so fast it feels like nothing much happens at all and theres no real feel of anything, especially the witches, being a threat. Original is definitely the better halloween watch.
 
2020-10-26 5:06:06 PM  

karnal: CarnySaur: Dahl was kind of a dick, though.

What kind?


Antisemetic
 
2020-10-26 5:36:41 PM  

frankb00th: With good reason. Some of the visuals were intense


Fun fact:  They cut some of the more intense effects after the director showed an early cut to his young son.
 
2020-10-26 6:12:01 PM  
I hear the new one waste Stanley Tucci, which is a crime, and took out all the elements (as in character and story) of the hotel manager that Rowan Atkinson made shine in the original.
 
2020-10-26 6:56:40 PM  

Artcurus: Could someone explain the rather..interesting.. scene with the Grand High Witch and her hand while the first boy was being turned into a mouse.

How that made it past the censors was mindboggling.


I would, but it's been years since I've seen it, so I'm not sure what you're referring to.
 
2020-10-26 9:06:19 PM  

rudemix: Anne Hathaway in the trailer for the new version is kind of creepy

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How did they make her mouth smaller?
 
2020-10-26 11:20:16 PM  
Interesting that Dahl hated the movie in general. I thought he only hated it because it infamously changed the bittersweet ending to a happier one, so much so that he stood outside movie theaters with a megaphone to stop people from seeing it.

Anjelica Huston in the original gave me nightmares as a kid with her portrayal as the Grand High Witch. Those makeup effects were spectacular, as were the mouse transformation scenes. Amazing movie, even if they did chicken out at the end.

The new movie just feels...wrong. Anne Hathaway feels like she's playing a caricature instead of a character, and the humor feels really misplaced. Such a waste of talent...
 
2020-10-27 2:00:06 AM  

sniderman: rudemix: Anne Hathaway in the trailer for the new version is kind of creepy

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Indeed. Reminds me of this horror show:

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From Fright Night.  Fun fact:  That's Amanda Bearse ("Marcy D'Arcy") from Married, With Children.
 
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