What I love about horror movies is that they have diverse types of horror. You have your creature features, thrillers, serial killers. Then you've got your demonic-possession types. It's not so much the possession scenes that are cool to watch but more the back story behind the entity whose possessing a person, whether that be a demon, ghost, spirit or, oh let's say, a witch!
Yeah, witches are a big thing in film and they don't just touch the horror genre. We find them in most fairy tales, classics such as The Wizard of Oz, Disney films, and even in just your basic live action films. Since the silent era, there has been this fascination with witchcraft in film. As time progressed we have gotten different types of witches. They can be ugly, beautiful, evil, and good. Or sometimes they are a pleasing blend of all these and filmmakers have created interesting tales about these spell-binding women that scared the you-know-what out of us, whether it's because they are violent, use their alluring looks to manipulate people, or just look terrifying.
4 Winifred Sanderson - Hocus Pocus
3 Helena Markos – Suspiria
2 Nancy Downs - The Craft
1 The Wicked Witch of The West - The Wizard of Oz
The Wicked Witch of the West, played by Margaret Hamilton, is one of the baddest witches of film - ever. This woman became the popular archetype for how a witch should look or act on film. Hamilton’s performance scared kids and adults alike, in a lighthearted sense, but she was nevertheless terrifying as she tried to get Dorothy. And all for a pair of ruby slippers (granted they originally belonged to her sister the Wicked Witch of the East). Remember, she wanted to get Toto, too. Yeah, not cool lady!
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