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January 7, 2017
there's not really a lot going on in the beginning or the middle
but at the climax all the dark magic makes its way
there's definitely something about feminism and female empowerment here involving magic
the three women: Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer have all been victims of getting screwed over by the male patriarchy in this town
so they each feel like they deserve some kind of power
for Jack Nicholson's character he mysteriously shows up, the townsfolk can barely remember his name, and he has a powerful influence over the female community
being nice and friendly is one thing yet courting all three of these women is another as he brings out their deadliest fears and desires
things get bad when the townsfolk besmirches them calling them corrupted souls and the three women now feel as if they can bring him down to earn back their respectability
being witches is a fun touch; the magic is silly if repulsive by both sides
there's no perfect man or woman, both expect different things from one another, and it's difficult to have both live harmoniously when it comes to love, equality, and personality
it's kinda funny and the climax is crazy
½ December 2, 2016
What a cast and not a bad story.
November 27, 2016
I mean, it's well acted, all around... it's just that nothing remotely entertaining happens until 15 minutes before the credits roll. But, if you want to see some great, crazy, Jack... those 15 minutes are for you.
October 9, 2016
solid gags and solid acting!
September 25, 2016
I can imagine that Jack Nicholson is ashamed of this film. I can also imagine that Cher is quite proud of it as it is her best, and his worst, in my opinion. This is a very bad film filled with gimmicks to try and make the ridiculous story worth ignoring.
½ May 8, 2016
George Miller's comic fantasy puts his kinetic style of directing on display for all the world to see, the effects team goes all out, and it's a blast. Plus, Jack Nicholson playing the Devil has to be one of cinema's most inspired bits of casting. It's a wild ride that fans of its star-studded cast are sure to enjoy.
March 2, 2016
An interesting bit of a mess of an eighties film that seems to be a proto Burton film, since he was just on his way up with Beetlegeuse coming out the same year, focusing on a coven of women with latent witch powers lamenting about the lack of significant suitors for them until Jack Nicholson comes to town to seduce them for all their worth without them realizing that he may very well be a/the devil. Plays on a bunch of similiar themes that a lot of these devil films do, the southern lady denouncing the evil ways etc this time by the hilarious Veronica Cartright , and Nicholson doing an early version of the Wolf as the devil playing off of all his devilish charm over the ladies. The effects are decent for the time but some of the sound effects and the excess are a tad dated/unfortunate and all the roles play up to each performers strengths while not making them stretch. Decent for the time I am sure but doesn't rank as a fully memorable film for any of them, just disposable.
Super Reviewer
January 12, 2016
George Miller's marvelously colorful and delightful dark horror comedy based upon the best selling novel by John Updike. Jack Nicholson is a total laugh riot in a brilliantly funny performance as the mysterious Daryl Van Horn; who is Satan on Earth disguised in human form, who arrives in town the very next night after three young modern-day witches, wonderfully played by Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Phfeiffer fantasize and yearn for Mr. Right; their unconscious sorcery summon him, extremely wealthy and irresistible, the ladies are seduced by him one by one. There is a priceless scene where Daryl tries to seduce Cher in his bedroom, she asks him who are you? And he replies; i am just your average horny little devil, then while lying on a gigantic bed, he tells her that he always likes a little pussy after lunch, she replies; you are the most unattractive man i have ever met; you are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, no sense of humor and you smell, you're not even interesting enough to make sick. Daryl replies; would you like to be on the top or the bottom; a classic Nicholson moment. Directed with great style by Miller, with excellent supporting performances by Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Jeith Jochim, and Carel Strulychen. But it is Nicholson's hilarious, scene-stealing turn that totally dominates this film, in a performance that won him the 1987 New York & Los Angeles Film Critics Awards for Best Actor. The film is buoyed by a wonderfully infectious score by John Williams, and gorgeous cinematography by the late great Vilmos Zsigmond. A literate, wickedly funny, scary entertainment. Highly Recommended.
October 31, 2015
Even if the movie is just o.k. this is a freakin great cast!
½ October 31, 2015
Thought it was a bigger fun back then.
September 29, 2015
Nicholson in a typical demonic form as he preys on the weaknesses of 3 women, but revenge is sweet for the ladies.
September 24, 2015
If this were to be rereleased, as in "Rocky Horror Picture Show" I think a new generation would come to appreciate its genious
August 30, 2015
I remember how much I have liked this movie when I was a kid. Such a dark comedy, which is of course totally different kind of dark comedy from Beetlejuice!
August 28, 2015
- Watched again for 2nd time in a couple years. It's just fun, Nicholson is great in it. Directed by "Mad Max" director George Miller. Worth a watch if you've never seen it.

- A flawed film, but still a fun watch. Nicholson hams it up as a Devilish character and is constantly amusing and it also features 3 strong female stars in Cher, Sarandon, and Pfeiffer. Worth a watch.
August 23, 2015
There are parts of this that I thought were very fun...but ultimately, it is predictable and safe. Still, it is fun to see this cast come alive with the material. Always loved Jack Nicholson, so I might be a tad biased.
August 18, 2015
The script isn't exactly marvelous, and at times this can seem like a excuse to make a steamy-sexy comedy film, George Miller's The Witches of Eastwick in the end is quite entertaining, with such an interesting strangeness to it, and it does has many great performances.
August 12, 2015
Jack Nicholson's peformence... wow!
½ May 17, 2015
Amusing story about the battle of the sexes enriched with funny dialogues and strong performances.
Super Reviewer
½ April 26, 2015
Sultry, seductive and almost completely trashy, this big-haired adaptation of John Updike's feminist text stars Cher and I found it to surpass the novel. It is impeccably cast with Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer as a trio of divorcees and spinsters wronged by almost every man in their life unwittingly conjure Jack Nicholson, - the perfect man - who is revealed as the living Devil, after a conversation at night over several glasses of wine. Nicholson gives a career-defining performance as a comically insane seductor. Its less about witchcraft and more about loneliness and boredom in mid-life suburbia. Veronica Cartwright is also incredible.
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