“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 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.
Seasons of the Witch: Tracing the Resurgent Witchcraft Trend, via the AV Club: tinyurl.com/avwitch
Hag, Temptress or Feminist Icon? The Witch in Pop Culture, via The Conversation: tinyurl.com/lz67re2
Toil and Trouble: Witches in Film, via Faculty of Horror: tinyurl.com/y9ylfy5v
The 15 Greatest Witch Movies of All Time, via Vulture: tinyurl.com/y895uhlp