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Old 04-02-2013, 15:40
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Helen McCrory cast as the Grand High Witch in Guillermo Del Torros

'THE WITCHES'

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Old 04-02-2013, 15:49
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Ooh this looks good!
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Old 04-02-2013, 15:53
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Could be interesting.. the 1989 version was actually really good (IIRC)
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Old 04-02-2013, 17:32
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Could be interesting.. the 1989 version was actually really good (IIRC)
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Old 04-02-2013, 18:01
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I was unsure when I heard about this film because The Witches was my absolute favourite film during childhood and I still love it now. I even remember almost every line. But I was willing to give it a chance, nevertheless.

However, I am far from a fan of McCrory and I'd bet my last penny on her not even coming close to Huston as the Grand High Witch. I can't say I'm excited about the film.
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Old 04-02-2013, 21:19
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Helen McCrory is one of the best actresses in the business at the moment
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Old 04-02-2013, 21:50
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Helen McCrory is one of the best actresses in the business at the moment
I disagree emphatically.

Anyway, I've been unable to find any other information about McCrory being linked to this film or even to the film being any more advanced in production than it has been for the past couple of years. Did you make the poster/find it on a fan art site?
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Old 04-02-2013, 22:40
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I didn't even know that Del Toro was doing a new version of The Witches!
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:04
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I disagree emphatically.

Anyway, I've been unable to find any other information about McCrory being linked to this film or even to the film being any more advanced in production than it has been for the past couple of years. Did you make the poster/find it on a fan art site?
Go and watch her in the bbc film Messiah 4

her final scene alone wipes the floor with every other actor in the business
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Old 05-02-2013, 15:47
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Go and watch her in the bbc film Messiah 4

her final scene alone wipes the floor with every other actor in the business
I've seen Messiah IV. I've seen a lot of her work. I still disagree.

I don't think she's a particularly bad actress at all, she's perfectly competent; I just find her very unremarkable and ordinary. Which is fine if she's playing a somewhat 'ordinary' role, but a character like the Grand High Witch would require somebody with a lot of character and screen presence, like Huston had - two things I find McCrory distinctly lacking in.
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Old 05-02-2013, 23:05
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The 1989 film is so good I really don't see the point of a remake. Usually I don't mind remakes happening but not in this case. Everything about that first film was perfect, especially the cast and it's both genuinely scary and hilarious in places.
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Old 06-02-2013, 16:44
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The 1989 film is so good I really don't see the point of a remake. Usually I don't mind remakes happening but not in this case. Everything about that first film was perfect, especially the cast and it's both genuinely scary and hilarious in places.
it could benefit from updated effects though?
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Old 06-02-2013, 17:11
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Watched the 89 version last week it surprisingly stands up quite well today, not sure on a remake although i do love Guillermo's Pans Labyrinth
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Old 07-02-2013, 16:10
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I think this could be excellent - hopefully darker than the 1989 version, which I think is just anaemic toss.
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Old 07-02-2013, 16:50
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Excited about this.
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Old 12-02-2013, 00:19
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me too
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:18
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it could benefit from updated effects though?
Not really. I saw a bit of this on sunday, it looks fine. The makeup is excellent too. This new version will possibly be filled with glossy CGI and Torro is hit and miss.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:09
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It looks like a fan made poster,no info about a remake on imdb or del torro directing so i wouldnt hold my breath for something soon.
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:46
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It's an awful lot of effort to go to for a fan made poster
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Old 12-02-2013, 17:36
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Didn't know this was being remade! The book was brilliant, the film merely ok, so in this instance I think a remake could be better!!!
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Old 12-02-2013, 18:21
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it could benefit from updated effects though?
Total Recall didn't!
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Old 12-02-2013, 19:18
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Personally I wish he'd just get on with 3993.
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Old 14-02-2013, 17:00
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Not really. I saw a bit of this on sunday, it looks fine. The makeup is excellent too. This new version will possibly be filled with glossy CGI and Torro is hit and miss.
Totally agreed. I think a lot of the original film's charm lies in the fact that it was made in a simpler time. They didn't have to resort to tacky CGI drowning everything out. They made a big impact with a magnificently cast villain; fantastically camp styling and, as you said, excellent makeup work; as well as the brilliantly kitsch special effects. I don't know a single person born in the 80s or 90s who doesn't remember that scene of the Grand High Witch peeling her face off.

I think another big element in it's enduring cult status is that it's tongue was firmly placed in it's cheek. It blended what was, essentially, a genuinely sinister plot - an organisation of women systematically murdering children - with a sense of total camp madness, which worked perfectly. I don't think you'd get that now. Everything has to pretend to be so serious these days. I'd imagine a big-budget remake turning out to be a combination of Twilight and the Potter films; over-glossy, over-serious, generic and soulless.
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Old 14-02-2013, 20:54
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I can't find any news online about this remake that isn't from 2008 or 2009!
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Old 14-02-2013, 22:00
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it could benefit from updated effects though?
Not to mention the original ending.
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