Or is that more of a Fright Night smile?
Robert Zemeckis‘s Roald Dahl adaptation The Witches is going straight to HBO Max on October 22, and a featurette from People dials the family-friendly terror up to 11.
You can head over to People’s website to view the featurette, which includes the above shot as well as a couple others that shed some more light on the design of these particular witches. Released in 1990, the previous adaptation of Dahl’s story managed to terrify kids of the ’90s, and it looks like Zemeckis isn’t leaving that fright factor behind here in 2020.
How can you spot a witch? For starters, those mouth scars are a dead giveaway…
Learn How to Spot A Witch from the cast of #TheWitchesMovie! 🧙♀️ Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci. Stream it on @hbomax October 22. Internationally in cinemas soon. pic.twitter.com/lT7RzNEjMZ
— Warner Bros. Pictures (@wbpictures) October 14, 2020
The film stars Oscar winners Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérable,” “Ocean’s 8”) and Octavia Spencer (“The Help,” “The Shape of Water”), and Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games” films, “The Lovely Bones”), with Kristin Chenoweth (TV’s “Glee” and “BoJack Horseman”) and award-winning comedy legend Chris Rock. Newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno (TV’s “Atlanta”) also stars, alongside Codie-Lei Eastick (“Holmes & Watson”).
Reimagining Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heartwarming tale of a young orphaned boy (Bruno) who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma (Spencer) in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort.
They arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch (Hathaway) has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans.
Based on the book by Roald Dahl, the screenplay is by Robert Zemeckis & Kenya Barris (TV’s “black-ish,” “Shaft”) and Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”).