Some readers will crave scary and violent movies in these days before Halloween. But others may prefer a movie escape played more for laughs than scares. If you are in the mood for a lighter dose of horror, watch "The Witches of Eastwick." It also has plenty of costume potential.
The film was released in 1987, and it is about three friends: artist Alexandra (played by Cher), music teacher Jane (played by Susan Sarandon), and journalist Sukie (played by Michelle Pfeiffer). They live in Eastwick, a fictitious small town in Rhode Island. One day, Daryl Van Horne (played Jack Nicholson) comes to town. People in Eastwick are suspicious of Van Horne. He turns out to be the devil, and he puts a spell on the three main characters so they will fall for him. After they have spent time with Van Horne, they realize they also have special powers. They eventually want revenge on him.
Although "The Witches of Eastwick" is a horror film, it is not very violent. Also, the main characters are witches, but they dress in normal clothing and not clothes typically associated with witches. They are easy on the eyes. The witches do not even realize they have powers until the second half of the film.
The movie has a very dark sense of humor, which works very well. An example of this is a scene early in the film when Alexandra is with Daryl in his bedroom. At this point in the story, she does not like Daryl and is brutally honest with him. The dialogue in this scene is very funny. It is similar to many scenes in the movie “Casino” in which Joe Pesci’s character insults people.
Another good scene that shows the dark humor is the climax. The special effects of this scene are very impressive.
The performances are all very good. Many people say that Jack Nicholson plays the same character in most of his movies. He does this here, but it is still very enjoyable to watch.
Witches and devils are common Halloween costumes. Consider outfitting yourself as horny Daryl, aka Jack or sultry Alexandra aka Cher. The website costumecraze.com details how to make both costumes.