Autodidact: self-taught


Fun Films for October 1

by V. L. Craven

Halloween been my favourite time of year since I was small. One of my earliest film obsessions (meaning I watched it at least a dozen times each October) was The Worst Witch. Diana Rigg, Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett from Facts of Life) and Tim Curry, along with a very young Fairuza Balk are brilliant in this campy tale of a hopeless young witch.

J.K. Rowling must have seen this movie at least once before writing Harry Potter, as the similarities are obvious.

And of course, one can’t talk about The Worst Witch without mentioning the best scene:


Apparently, all she needed was a little confidence because Fairuza grew out of her awkward witch phase into a quite competent, if terrifying, witch as seen in The Craft, another fun film for October.

Besides her smashing Goth sense of fashion, Miss Balk owns this role as the leader of a trio of girls at a Catholic High School dabbling in witchcraft who bring into the group a new girl with a dark past. Sort of Mean Girls with pentagrams.

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