“Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”
― Black Phillip, 'The VVitch' (2015)
The cinematic spectre of the witch — the most prominent archetype of unruly feminine power — has been both a genuine accusation that often meant a death sentence for women throughout history, as well as a dark, fanciful identity that many modern women find empowering.
This list includes both varieties, and even includes a few movies (’Firestarter’, ’Lucy’, and Disney's 'Frozen') where the word “witch” might not be spoken aloud, but supernatural feminine powers are on full display nonetheless.
40 Greatest Pop Culture Witches Who Make Us Want To Join A Coven, via The Whisp:
The Burning Times | The History of Witches Part One, via In Praise of Shadows:
The Burning Times | The History of Witches Part Two, via In Praise of Shadows:
Seasons of the Witch: Tracing the Resurgent Witchcraft Trend, via the AV Club:
Hag, Temptress or Feminist Icon? The Witch in Pop Culture, via The Conversation:
The 30 Best Movies about Witches, via PASTE:
Best Pop Culture Witch, via WE GOT THIS with Mark and Hal:
Pop Culture has Embraced the Witch, but not Without Issues, via New Statesman:
Toil and Trouble: Witches in Film, via Faculty of Horror:
Ask Not What You Can Do for Your Country, but What Witchcraft Can Do for You, via Esquire:
The 15 Greatest Witch Movies of All Time, via Vulture: