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The Witches 

When: Wed., Oct. 4, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $5
The final film Jim Henson worked on before his death was an adaptation of Roald Dahl's book The Witches. Like most Dahl stories, there is a greater sense of peril and terror than what you find in most children's books. Luke is a newly orphaned boy whose grandmother takes him to England. She warns him to beware of witches at all times, for they despise children and will destroy them whenever possible. Of course the hotel they're staying in is hosting a national convention of England's witches, and Luke is soon transformed into a mouse by the Grand High Witch (a perfectly cast Anjelica Huston). Can the rodent boy sabotage the witches' plan to kill all of Britain’s children, or is this it for the kids? It's a creepy and effective kids movie that works for adults as well. The Webster Film Series presents The Witches at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue; www.webster.edu/film-series) as part of its Strange Brew series. Tickets are $5.
— Paul Friswold

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