Five Fun Movies Centered Around A Witch(es)

The Witches of Eastwick¬†is a 1987 American¬†supernatural¬†comedy film¬†directed by¬†George Miller¬†and starring¬†Jack Nicholson¬†as Daryl Van Horne, alongside¬†Cher,¬†Michelle Pfeiffer¬†and¬†Susan Sarandon¬†as the titular¬†witches. The film is based on¬†John Updike’s 1984¬†novel of the same name, telling the story of three women who are unaware of the power of the words they speak; as they tell each other their deepest desires, a man arrives just in time and fulfills them, but has a dark side of his own.

Practical Magic¬†is a 1998 American¬†fantasy¬†romantic drama¬†film based on the 1995¬†novel of the same name¬†by¬†Alice Hoffman. The film was directed by¬†Griffin Dunne¬†and stars¬†Sandra Bullock,¬†Nicole Kidman,¬†Stockard Channing,¬†Dianne Wiest,¬†Aidan Quinn, and¬†Goran ViŇ°nji?. Bullock and Kidman play sisters Sally and Gillian Owens, descended from a long line of witches. Raised by their aunts after their parents’ death from a family curse, the sisters were taught the uses of practical magic as they grew up. As adults, Sally and Gillian must use their magic to destroy an evil spirit before it kills them.

Bewitched¬†is a 2005 American¬†fantasy¬†romantic comedy¬†film co-written, produced, and directed by¬†Nora Ephron, and starring¬†Nicole Kidman¬†and¬†Will Ferrell¬†alongside an¬†ensemble cast¬†featuring¬†Shirley MacLaine,¬†Michael Caine,¬†Jason Schwartzman,¬†Kristin Chenoweth¬†(in her first film appearance),¬†Heather Burns,¬†Jim Turner,¬†Stephen Colbert,¬†David Alan Grier,¬†Michael Badalucco,¬†Carole Shelley, and¬†Steve Carell. The film follows an actor (Ferrell) who discovers, during the¬†remake¬†of¬†Bewitched, that his co-star (Kidman) is an actual¬†witch. Produced and distributed by¬†Columbia Pictures¬†with¬†Red Wagon Entertainment, the film is a¬†re-imagining¬†of the¬†television series of the same title¬†(produced by Columbia’s¬†Screen Gems¬†television studio, now¬†Sony Pictures Television).

Sabrina the Teenage Witch¬†is a 1996 American television film adaptation based on the¬†comic book series of the same name¬†from¬†Archie Comics. It came before the¬†Sabrina the Teenage Witch¬†television series and premiered on¬†Showtime on April 7, 1996. The only two actors who would appear in both the film and television series would be¬†Melissa Joan Hart and Michelle Beaudoin, who played Sabrina’s best friend, named Marnie in the film, was renamed Jenny for the television series. Also of note is the fact that, unlike the comics, which were set in the fictional town of¬†Greendale, and the eventual television series (located in an equally fictional town named Westbridge), the television film was said to take place in¬†Riverdale.

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Kenny Ortega from a screenplay by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, and a story by David Kirschner and Garris. It follows a villainous comedic trio of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. The film was released in North America on July 16, 1993, by Walt Disney Pictures. Upon its release, the film received mixed reviews from film critics and was not a box office success, possibly losing Disney around $16.5 million during its theatrical run. However, largely through many annual airings on Disney Channel  and Freeform Hocus Pocus has been rediscovered by audiences, resulting in a yearly spike in home media sales of the film every Halloween season.

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Elye Wahi starred as French side Lens came from behind to shock Arsenal in the Champions League. Wahi’s first-time finish into the bottom left corner from a Przemyslaw Frankowski cross in the 69th minute saw the home side seal a notable success. The below-par Gunners rode some early pressure from Lens before Gabriel Jesus claimed a 14th-minute opener from a through-ball from Bukayo Saka,¬†who went off injured with a muscular problem. Lens levelled 11 minutes later as Adrien Thomasson curled a superb finish into the far corner.

As Arsenal suffered their first loss of the season on a difficult night, they were dealt another blow before Sunday’s crunch Premier League meeting with Manchester City as England forward Saka went off after just 33 minutes. But Lens were worthy of a win that took them to the top of Group B on four points, with Mikel Arteta’s side second on three. The hosts threatened from the start with Kevin Danso shooting just wide and Thomasson’s header going close before the offside flag was raised. Jesus’ finish into the bottom left corner did not dampen the spirits of the home crowd who were experiencing their first Champions League game at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis since 2002. The Brazilian striker has now been involved in 16 goals in his last 16 Champions League starts, scoring 13 and assisting three.

But Lens hit back following a poor clearance from Arsenal keeper David Raya out to the left. Wahi, a summer signing from Montpellier, provided the assist, expertly controlling a long ball before laying off the pass for Thomasson to finish. Gabriel was also caught out of position when given a loose pass in the Lens half and the hosts carved an opening with a well-struck effort from Salis Abdul Samed which rippled the side-netting. The 20-year-old Wahi had the final say when he swept home the winner. In doing so, he became the youngest Frenchman to score and assist in a Champions League match since a 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe did so for Paris St-Germain in December 2018.

SCARIEST PLACES IN THE WORLD : The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City is the world’s largest imperial palace. The Forbidden City occupies 720,000 sq m (7,750,000 sq ft), over three times larger than the Louvre Palace in France. An estimated 1 million laborers worked to complete the structure. It has more than 90 palace quarters and courtyards, 980 buildings and over 8,728 rooms. (A common myth states that there are 9,999.5 rooms, but it is not supported by survey evidence.) For a size comparison, the Vatican measures 440,000 square meters, and the Kremlin measures 275,000 square meters. The impressiveness of the size and scale of this ancient fortified palace is not to be missed.

The stories of hauntings vary and cover at least decades, but most of them lack much detail. Orbs and mists in the backgrounds of¬†photos from visitors. A feeling of being watched or followed. A ghostly touch on some visitor’s arms. Ghost dogs run the halls, charging and pouncing at some people‚ÄĒdisappearing right before impact. Hushed voices from concubine quarters. Headless or gruesomely wounded apparitions dressed in garb spanning various centuries. Phantom animal sounds scurrying around. Flute music from the palace walls. Disembodied footsteps in empty rooms. Doors that open and close on their own. A woman in white sobbing, wandering the grounds. Some who have seen her say she vanished before their eyes, while others say she shrieked and chased them.

One of the clearest stories we have is, supposedly, in 1995, a guard at the Forbidden City was watching TV in the guard’s room when two colleagues burst into the room looking scared. The two claimed to have seen a woman dressed in all black walking away from them. The guards chased her, yelling at her to stop. They finally cornered her at a locked door and ordered her to turn around. When she did so, she had no face. The men dropped their flashlights and ran back to the guard’s room. The three guards took guns and returned to the location, only to find the flashlights on the floor, still on. The woman was nowhere to be found.

A LOOK BACK AT THE MONTH THAT WAS : SEPTEMBER 2023

  • This month I did the whole gamut – I started out in the morning or regular work shift of 9:30 am start and then moved for 2 weeks to the dreaded 1:30 am to 9:30 am shift. Once that was done I had a long weekend, taking a Monday off as well due to feeling a bit sick. Once that was done, I moved to a 6:30 pm to 3:30 am shift. All in 1 month.
  • I must say that despite the graveyard shift timings for 2 months, I did enjoy working from home again. Also with the relaxed atmosphere making up for the lack of sleep, I was atleast happy for the fact that I was home.
  • There have been a couple of things bothering me at work and it has been a real annoyance.
  • I have been meaning to go out for lunch and a bit of shopping the past two weekends but each time I keep getting a cold or just feeling a bit under the weather and hence opt to stay in.
  • It’s been raining quite a lot these past couple of weeks. September’s last two weeks have been plenty of heavy rainfall and people falling ill. As of today it;s supposed to die down and we are to some much needed sunshine until the November showers.

My Top 10 Scariest Horror Movie Characters Of All Time

So I saw this list in several online blogs and websites that centers about movie and horror in particular and since it is October, I thought I would make up my own list and also happened to see this prompt on another blog. I looked at a few lists and then I made up my top 10. If you look at it, I have chosen all characters that have a supernatural aspect to them. But I haven’t added a single human villain/horror character as I thought that list deserves to be a separate list in itself. I also haven’t added the classic monster either.

I have been a huge horror fan for a very long time. The first horror movies that I watched was when I was 5 and snuck in behind the sofa to watch a couple of movies that my parents didn’t want me to watch at that age, but I still did and got scared shitless. I also remember watching a few horror movies with my cousins and across my teenage years and my 20s. However for a few years I didn’t watch any until 2011 when I watch a couple late at night and then started going on a spree for a long time. So anyways, here are my top 10 horror characters.

  • The Lipstick-Face Demon – Insidious
  • Jason – Friday the 13th
  • Valak – The Nun
  • Pumpkinhead – Pumpkinhead
  • Chucky – Child‚Äôs Play
  • Michael Myers – Halloween
  • Pinhead – Hellraiser
  • Pennywise – IT
  • Freddy Krueger – Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Creeper – Jeepers Creepers

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Classic Scary Movies To Watch This October

Five Classic scary movies to watch this October

Evil Dead (1981) : The Evil Dead is a 1981 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi (in his feature directorial debut). The film stars Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, and Theresa Tilly. The story focuses on five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a remote wooded area. After they find an audio tape that, when played, releases a legion of demons and spirits, four members of the group suffer from demonic possession, forcing the fifth member, Ash Williams (Campbell), to survive an onslaught of increasingly gory mayhem.

The Exorcist (1973) : The Exorcist¬†is a 1973 American¬†supernatural horror film¬†directed by¬†William Friedkin¬†from a screenplay by¬†William Peter Blatty, based on his 1971 novel¬†of the same name. The film stars¬†Ellen Burstyn,¬†Max von Sydow,¬†Jason Miller, and¬†Linda Blair. The story follows the¬†demonic possession¬†of a young girl and her mother’s attempt to rescue her through an¬†exorcism¬†by two¬†Catholic¬†priests.

The Omen (1976) : The Omen is a 1976¬†supernatural horror film¬†directed by¬†Richard Donner¬†and written by¬†David Seltzer. An international co-production of the United Kingdom and the United States, it stars¬†Gregory Peck,¬†Lee Remick,¬†David Warner,¬†Harvey Spencer Stephens¬†(in his film debut),¬†Billie Whitelaw,¬†Patrick Troughton,¬†Martin Benson, and¬†Leo McKern. The film’s plot follows¬†Damien Thorn, a young child replaced at birth by his father, unbeknownst to his wife, after their biological child dies shortly after birth. As a series of mysterious events and violent deaths occur around the family and Damien enters childhood, they come to learn he is in fact the prophesied¬†Antichrist.

Friday The 13th (1980) : Friday the 13th is a 1980 American independent slasher film produced and directed by Sean S. Cunningham, written by Victor Miller, and starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, and Kevin Bacon. Its plot follows a group of teenage camp counselors who are murdered one by one by an unknown killer while they are attempting to re-open an abandoned summer camp with a tragic past.

Halloween (1978) : Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis (in her film debut), with P. J. Soles and Nancy Loomis in supporting roles. Set mostly in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, the plot centers on a mental patient, Michael Myers, who was committed to a sanitarium for murdering his teenage sister on Halloween night when he was a child. Fifteen years later, having escaped and returned to his hometown, he stalks teenage babysitter Laurie Strode and her friends while under pursuit by his psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Loomis.

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Kai Havertz scored his first goal for Arsenal with a penalty as they comfortably beat winless Bournemouth in the Premier League at Vitality Stadium. Havertz, who has struggled since arriving from Chelsea in the summer, converted the second of two Gunners penalties to ensure their third consecutive away victory. Bukayo Saka opened the scoring, heading in the rebound from Gabriel Jesus’ effort and Martin Odegaard scored a penalty to give Mikel Arteta’s side a comfortable lead at the break. The Gunners’ dominance continued into the second half, and after Havertz scored, Ben White headed home from Odegaard’s free-kick in added time to add gloss to a comprehensive victory.

Bournemouth drop into the bottom three, with no wins from their first seven league matches under new manager Andoni Iraola. Arsenal’s first proper attack of the game ended in the opening goal as they got back to winning ways following their 2-2 draw against Tottenham last weekend. Odegaard swung in a deep cross which was headed off the bar by Jesus and Saka was in the right place to head home the rebound. That put Bournemouth on the back foot against a team who have now avoided defeat in the past 40 Premier League matches in which they have scored first, a run dating back to January 2022. Bournemouth’s chances were few and far between in a mainly one-sided contest. Dominic Solanke was through on goal but William Saliba made a vital interception to stop the shot. Ryan Christie had an effort just before the break but it was comfortably gathered by David Raya, who now has three cleans sheets in four games.

Max Aarons slid in and caught Eddie Nketiah in the box to concede a penalty just before half-time. Regular penalty taker Saka gave the ball to Odegaard, who slotted into Neto’s bottom left corner after a stuttering run-up. Christie clattered into Odegaard in the box as the Cherries conceded a second penalty, and Havertz also struck into the bottom left corner. Substitute Emile Smith Rowe had a golden opportunity to get on the scoresheet in the closing stages but struck wide from close range before White rounded off the scoring. Bournemouth have scored just once in their four home league games this season – and that came in their season opener against West Ham in August. The hosts did not present much of a challenge as Arsenal recorded a routine away win.