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"The Worst Witch" is Perhaps the Best Kitsch

on July 9, 2008 - 8:33pm

cheesy image of Tim Curry with bad 80's special effects behind himHow is it possible that I can't remember this movie? I was a child in the 80's. I loved Halloween. I must have seen it. And yet...

While perusing Facebook Halloween groups (a tale I will share with you in the next blog), I came across one dedicated to "The Worst Witch", a British T.V. film made in 1986 starring Tim Curry and Charlotte Rae (better known as Mrs. Garrett from 'The Facts of Life').

Think 'female version of Harry Potter'. Based on a children's book about a young female witch who has gone to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, the plot centres around Mildred Hubble's inability to be a successful sorceress.

But let me be clear.

The Facebook groups (and yes, I soon came across at least 2 more of similar titles) were specifically worshipping a clip from the movie where Tim Curry sings "Anything Can Happen on Halloween". Indeed, anything can happen. Including a terrible blue screen montage with clip art images of pumpkins, and witches flying past a full moon. It is disturbingly awful yet I couldn't look away. It wreaks of the 1980's, and there is something so appealing about that.

And to think, I was convinced I'd already hit the kitsch jackpot just the other day. I was so wrong.

I made sure I brought you a direct clip so you too could be mesmerized.

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