Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 27m
As Halloween approaches, Nicholas Roeg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book provides suitable family horror.
While staying in Norway, eight-year-old Luke is let in on a dangerous secret by his grandmother: witches, disguised as middle-aged women, exist all over the world and aim to destroy children everywhere.
After being orphaned and sent to the south English coast, Luke is thrown into a direct confrontation with this threat when he stumbles onto a plot by the Grand High Witch (Angelica Huston) to turn every English child into a mouse - and matters only get worse when he himself is used as a test subject.
Largely faithful to Dahl's gleefully nasty and mischievous edge, the film stands out for Jim Henson's outstanding animatronics, which keep the characters engaging even in rodent form, and make-up effects, which still cannot contain Huston's vamping villainess. While theoretically made for children, it should be noted that the film is not afraid of outright horror - some scenes are quite intense and frightening.
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