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Roald Dahl’s The Witches is now available for you to stream on HBO Max. I've got all the detail about this new film and one lucky person will win The Witches prize package I've got below!
I remember watching the 1990 version of The Witches starring Anjelica Huston and I just LOVED the movie. It's was full of fantasy and wit and I must have watched it dozens of times when it was released on VHS (yes, I'm showing my age here). So, when we got a surprise package from our friends at Warner Bros. Pictures to say I was delighted would be an understatement. Roald Dahl's The Witches has been reimagined for 2020 and it's ready for you to stream on HBO Max.
Roald Dahl’s The Witches
From Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) comes the fantasy adventure “Roald Dahl’s The Witches.” The film stars Oscar winners Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérable,” “Ocean’s 8”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “The Shape of Water”), Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games” films, “The Lovely Bones”), with Kristin Chenoweth (TV’s “Glee” and “BoJack Horseman”) and award-winning comedy legend Chris Rock. Newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno (TV’s “Atlanta”) also stars, alongside Codie-Lei Eastick (“Holmes & Watson”).
Reimagining Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.
Based on the book by Roald Dahl, the screenplay is by Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris (TV’s “black-ish,” “Shaft”) and Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”). Zemeckis is also producing, alongside Jack Rapke, del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and Luke Kelly. Serving as executive producers are Jacqueline Levine, Marianne Jenkins, Michael Siegel, Gideon Simeloff and Cate Adams.
Zemeckis’s behind-the-scenes team includes a roster of his frequent collaborators, including Oscar-nominated director of photography Don Burgess (“Forrest Gump”), production designer Gary Freeman, editors Jeremiah O’Driscoll and Ryan Chan, Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston (“Allied,” “Lincoln”), and Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (“Polar Express,” “Forrest Gump”).
Check out The Witches trailer right here:
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I mentioned earlier that we received a surprise mailer to celebrate The Witches and my kids were just beyond thrilled. Surprises are great in general, but when they're based on one of your beloved childhood books, they're even better.
The box was FILLED with so many fun elements from the movie, including a copy of Roald Dahl's The Witches. I actually got to meet Roald Dahl's daughter a few years ago and he sounded like such an amazing man and storyteller.
If you've read the book, you know that this package wouldn't be complete without a set of mouse ears and a toy mouse. My little lady was super excited about these items.
Here's a complete look at what was in our box. It even included a Google Chromecast so we could stream The Witches on HBO Max. I've also got one of these fun prize packs to give to one of you!
One person will win The Witches gift box which includes:
- Google ChromeCast
- HBOMax complimentary code for 7-day free trial
- WITCHES bookmark and novel
- 2 flavored popcorns, snack packs, Coffee Beanery coffee sample
- Wood decorating craft kit
- White gloves
- Mouse ears headband
- Splat hair dye and hair chalk
- Wind-up mouse
- Crayons and activity booklet
Open to US mailing addresses only. Ages 18 and up.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Ends 11/1/2020 11:59 PM EST.