The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Movie Review

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The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

1987 | R | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
118 minutes / 1h 58min

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The Witches of Eastwick Plot Synopsis:

All three previously married but now single, best friends sculptress Alex Medford, cellist Jane Spofford and writer Sukie Ridgemont are feeling emotionally and sexually repressed, in large part due to the traditional mores overriding their small New England coastal town of Eastwick. After their latest conversation lamenting about the lack of suitable men in Eastwick and describing the qualities they are looking for in a man, mysterious Daryl Van Horne and his equally mysterious butler Fidel arrive in town. Despite being vulgar, crude, brazen and not particularly handsome, Daryl manages to be able to tap into the innermost emotions of the three friends, and as such manages to seduce each. In turn, the three women blossom emotionally and sexually. After an incident involving one of the town's leading citizens, the ultra conservative Felicia Alden, the three women begin to understand how and why Daryl is able to mesmerize them so fully. The three decide to experiment with some powers learned indirectly from Daryl so that they can hopefully regain control of their own lives.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Review

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) is a 1h 58-minute American comedy-fantasy horror film that was based on John Updike‘s novel, The Witches of Eastwick. The movie and novel differ somewhat because a lot of the major developments were dropped and the book was darker in tone than the film. Other things differ between the movie and novel including Daryl’s character is more devil-like where he is more selfish and an architect of mayhem amongst other things. The movie had an estimated budget of $22 million and grossed over $63.8 million at the box office. Director George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Happy Feet (2006), Mad Max (1979), Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)) excelled at executing this film, but the story got weaker as the movie progresses.

The Witches of Eastwick revolves around Alexandra Medford, Jane Spofford, and Sukie Ridgemont, who are three unhappy and not satisfied females living in Eastwick, Rhode Island. Alexandra (Cher - Mask (1985), Moonstruck (1987), Burlesque (2010), The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (1971-1974)) is a single mother with one daughter and is also a sculptor.
Jane (Susan Sarandon - Thelma & Louise (1991), Dead Man Walking (1995), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), The Lovely Bones (2009)) is a music teacher that is divorced and is unable to conceive/have children. Sukie (Michelle Pfeiffer - Scarface (1983), Batman Returns (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), Dark Shadows (2012)) is a columnist at a local newspaper company named the Eastwick Word and has six daughters.

The three woman have more in common then they know besides all of them losing their husbands one way or another, they are all witches. The trio gathers every week to talk about what types of men they would like. Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson - The Shining (1980), The Departed (2006), As Good as It Gets (1997), Chinatown (1974)) mysteriously comes into town and buys the Lennox Mansion which is the town’s landmark. Everyone was amazed by Daryl except for
Felicia Alden (Veronica Cartwright - Alien (1979), The Birds (1963), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)) who is religious. Felicia knew/felt that Daryl was no good and does not belong in their town.

One of Sukie’s daughter was having a recital where Daryl showed up and then Jane receives a bouquet of flowers from him. Sukie found out the strange man’s name through her memory which started several bad things to occur. Sukie’s bead necklace broke causing Felicia, who was making fun of Daryl’s name the same time to trip on the beads and fell down a staircase and broke her leg. Daryl is on a mission to seduce the trio, but he was informed by Jane that the Lennox Mansion was built on grounds where witches were burned at the stake. Skip to the next week where we see Daryl inviting them to his mansion where they began envying each other to the point where they unwillingly levitate a tennis ball leading them to find out that they are witches.

I admire this movie and like it very much for the irresistible set-up, fantasy, exclamatory style, comedic performances, bright and flashy appearance. The special visual effects were superb and brilliant, could not have been better for a 1980s movie. With all said, I gave this movie a six because there was too much confusion throughout the movie where the charm gradually fades away before the film is over leaving me to say the climax was overdone and the last 20 minutes was not as good as the beginning of the film.

  • The Witches of Eastwick Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 6
  • Overall Score: 6.56
  • IMDB: 6.5
  • MetaCritic: 6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.4

About The Witches of Eastwick 1987

Title: The Witches of Eastwick
Year: 1987
Runtime: 118 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.28/5 stars from 54,835 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 54,835
MPAA Rating: R
The Witches of Eastwick Cast Starring: Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Eddins, Carel Struycken, Susan Sarandon, Harriet Medin, Helen Lloyd Breed, Carolyn Ditmars, Eugene Boles, Amy Warner, Cynthia Ditmars, Corey Carrier, Jeff Beery, Christine Ditmars, Kate Barret, Grenville Cuyler, Craig Burket, Dan Edson, Kevin Fennessy, Abraham Mishkind, Kevin Goodwin, Christopher Verrette, Tara Halfpenny, Scott 'Smitty' Smith, Becca Lish, David Hazel, Anthony Falco, Ruth Maynard
The Witches of Eastwick Writers: John Updike, Michael Cristofer
The Witches of Eastwick Director: George Miller
Production: Warner Home Video
Language: English
Country: USA