SO1EO6: Halloween Special

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).

Discussion:
  • 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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2 thoughts on “SO1EO6: Halloween Special

  1. I loved this! Thank you everyone. A recent portrayal of witches that is well worth considering is ‘Motherland: Fort Salem’. It positions the witch in an alternative world where the source of power and the sexuality of the witch is questioned. I don’t want to digress into an essay here but do check it out on iPlayer.

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