Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English

Witches of Eastwick

Witches ofEastwick (1987)

Starring Jack Nicholson, SusanSarandon, Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer.

Plot: Three dissatisfied single women–Sarandon, Pfeiffer, and Cher–longfor a dark knight to sweep them off their feet and out of theirdreary small-town existences. Their prayers are answered in theform of the new-greasy-millionaire-in-town Nicholson, who proceedsto give each woman the lusty romp of her lifetime. Nicholsonseems to have only one fault: he uses his strange supernaturalpowers recklessly and wreaks havoc on the town. The three womenuse their own powers to escape Nicholson’s fiendish clutches.

Contributing Genres: Drama, Comedy, and Fantasy.

Dialogue: This film adaptation of the John Updike novel is intelligentand filled with dry humor.

Monster Type: “Good” witches and a petty warlock.

Gore Factor: This film contains some notable projectile vomiting scene; theaudience will never see cherries in the same light.

Scariness/Suspense: Neither, but entertaining nonetheless.

Target Audience: This would mainly appeal to adult audiences with a taste formature humor and sly references to the hypocrisy in small-townlife.


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