In this episode:
Ann-Marie, Kat, Maria, and Zahra discuss the representation of witches on-screen with an in-depth discussion of Hocus Pocus (Kenny Ortega, 1993).
- The origin of the witch figure in popular culture. Including: word origin, sorcerers in antiquity, real life trials of witches, and how women were defined in history.
- How witches are presented in texts, the Nouvelle Vague, and the Day of Wrath (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1943).
- Patriarchal values and the perception of women as sinful.
- Witchcraft and the ‘other’.
- The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and The Little Mermaid (1989).
- Popular culture’s perception of Romania.
- An in-depth analysis of Miss Christina (Alexandru Maftei, 2013).
- Gothic tropes and mis-marketing film.
- An in-depth analysis of Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu, 2012).
- Women’s bodies as a threat.
- Periods and shame.
- Horror theory. Including: sexuality and Freud, the monstrous feminine, male fears, the abject, and the symbolic order.
- Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976).
- Age and the representation of the witch figure.
- Fantasy television and the positive representation of witches. Including: Bewitched (1964-1972), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003), Charmed (1998-2006), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). Note: the book mentioned here is not Bell, Book and Candle. Instead, it is Bell, Book and Camera (2018) by Heather Greene.
- The Craft (Andrew Fleming, 1996) and Practical Magic (Griffin Dunne, 1998).
- Children’s’ film and television, including Looney Tunes, The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939), and Pufnstuf (Hollingsworth Morse, 1970).
- An in-depth discussion of Hocus Pocus.
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