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New The Witches Movie Is Skipping UK Cinema Release And Heading Straight To On Demand

New The Witches Movie Is Skipping UK Cinema Release And Heading Straight To On Demand

The hotly awaited adaptation of movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches will be skipping a UK cinema release and going straight to demand services, it has been confirmed.

Yep, the film - which stars Anne Hathaway - will land on premium video on demand (PVOD) in the UK ahead of Halloween on 26th October, just in time for the spookiest night of the year!

While the participating streamers haven't been announced yet, this is music to our ears.

Meanwhile, over in the US, the movie is available exclusively on HBO Max, where it impacts 22nd October.

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You can whet your appetite by checking out the trailer here:

As any nineties kid will know, the original adaptation of Dahl's classic 1983 children's book The Witches starred the one and only Anjelica Huston along with Rowan Atkinson.

Released in 1990, the movie was directed by Nicolas Roeg - and we still haven't required from that boardroom scene where the witches remove their wigs.

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The new version, headed up by Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis, sees Anne Hathaway take a creepy turn in the role of the Grand High Witch.

In this adaptation, the story follows a young orphaned boy who goes to live with his caring grandmother in the remote Alabama town of Demopolis in 1967.

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We still haven't recovered from the 1990 version of 'The Witches' (Credit: Warner Bros)
We still haven't recovered from the 1990 version of 'The Witches' (Credit: Warner Bros)

The boy and his grandmother have a scary encounter with some super glam but rather terrifying witches, so she takes him away to a seaside resort.

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Unfortunately, it transpired that the world's Grand High Witch has gathered together her witchy peers to carry out chilling master plan.

As expected, the reboot features a lot more CGI to satisfy a 2020 audience.

Newcomer Jahzir Bruno plays young boy lead (named Luke in the original movie) with comedian Chris Rock voicing him as an adult, while Codie-Lei Eastick plays Bruno Jenkins.

The new version will land on premium video on demand (PVOD) in the UK on 26th October (Credit: Warner Bros)
The new version will land on premium video on demand (PVOD) in the UK on 26th October (Credit: Warner Bros)
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Meanwhile, Octavia Spencer takes on the role of the young boy's doting grandma.

Oh, and you can also catch Stanley Tucci, Hathaway's former Devil Wear's Prada co-star, as the hotel manager who unwittingly hosts the witches' convention.

We can't wait for this reboot of a nineties classic!

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Topics: TV and Film, TV News, halloween

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