Sunday, September 12, 2010

Weekend Matinee: WORST WITCH

I sometimes force the GirlFriend to watch movies of questionable quality from my youth. This week, the tables were turned.

She gave me the age old excuse that I always gave her: "I thought this was the best movie ever when I was 6. I used to watch it ALL the time." I should have known it wasn't going to be pretty.

The movie in question is The Worst Witch, this crazy UK TV movie from 1986 starring a really young Fairuza Balk, Dianna Rigg, and Edna from the Facts of Life. The best way to imagine this movie is as a cheap Harry Potter knock off for girls with no heart and a slapdash story. It's plodding, nonsensical, and just generally boring. And definitely not something my inner eight year old wants to watch.

Anyway, the real "Fun" of the movie doesn't happen until near the end when Tim Curry shows up. Yes, ol' do-anything-for-a-paycheck Curry shows up as the Grand Wizard, the best and most handsome of all Wizards, to wow the witches in training on Halloween.

His arrival and the ensuing song are quite possibly the most 80s thing I've ever seen. It's like a monkey ran wild with a video toaster. And it's something that we should all revel in:

Right? Has anyone seen my tambourine indeed. Good show, Mr. Curry. Good show.


  1. I do believe I've seen your tambourine - in fact, I have it right over here!


  2. This is about as good as Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mr. Curry seems to have a penchant for slipshod story and absurdity.