As I'm sure you know, cinema is cyclical in nature. Once something catches on, a whole cycle of films has to run it's course before the next big thing hits. This is especially true in the horror genre. You've got your 80's slasher boom, for a time in the early 2000's vampires were all the rage....and of course there is the endless onslaught of zombie films that are still clogging up Netflix. So what's the next big cinematic baddie? I think it's going to be Witches! Not cute little British moppets.....I'm talking Witches. Nasty, mean, horrible witches.
Of course, I also thought the same thing when The Blair Witch project came out.....turns out that was the start of the found footage craze instead. But I digress.....witches seem to be on the upswing. First we had Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.....which took an action Snow White and the Huntsmen type approach to the Hansel & Gretel story. Sam Raimi's Oz The Great and Powerful gave us not only the origin of the great and powerful wizard, but also the tragic beginnings of the Wicked Witch of the West. Opening this Friday is Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem, which is set to open this Friday (April 19th) and looks like it's going to be a wild, witchy ride.
In February, there was also the teeny bopper flick Beautiful Creatures....which (WITCH! I did it again!) is essentially a Twilight wannabe for the tween audiences. But still, that translates into buckazoids in Hollywood, which translates into more Witch flicks for us! So, I suppose it's a necessary evil.
There is also a whole slew of broom flyin' flicks comin' our way in the upcoming months and year: Abigail's Giant, Bell Book & Candle, Bell Witch, Man-Witch (Sloppy Joe, the Man-Witch? HEY-OH!), A film adaptation of Wicked and a remake of The Witches are all coming down the pike soon with no release dates announced.
Lords of Magic and The Seventh Son both come out later this year, both dealing with the dark arts....and at some point in 2014 we get The Last Witchhunter.
Whew! That is a shit ton of warts and cauldrons comin' at us!
Also, the upcoming third season of American Horror Story apparently carries the subtitle of Coven, which (Witch?!) is leading me to believe it will be a witchcraft based story. I've gotta tell ya, I'm pretty excited by the idea of Witches making a comeback in cinema. I loved all the witchcraft movies of the 60's and early 70's and there's nothing like a well told witch story.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go watch Black Sunday.