WITCH HUNT Director Elle Callahan's Favorite Cinematic Witches

By FANGORIA Staff · November 15, 2021, 4:52 PM EST
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A dystopia with a magical twist; but in this world — magic is feared and punished rather than celebrated. In writer and director Elle Callahan's Witch Hunt, witches are hunted in modern-day America, a teenager with deeply embedded prejudices is confronted with a choice, and helps two persecuted witches seek asylum across the border. Starring Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost, The Expanse), Christian Camargo (The Hurt Locker), Abigail Cowen ( and Gideon Adlon (The Craft: Legacy).

In honor of Witch Hunt, director and writer Elle Callahan is paying tribute to some of the baddest witches in cinematic history with a list of personal favorites.


Maleficent from 1959
Sleeping Beauty

The big bad “witch” of my childhood. She still today remains one of the most powerful disney witches. Although originally characterized as a villain - I’ve enjoyed her more ambiguous portrayal in spinoff films. 

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Lamia from


A powerful and downright cool witch who hungers for the heart of a fallen star. Michele Pfifer plays her perfectly. 


Glinda the Good Witch from
The Wizard of Oz

A prime example of how witches are not always bad. Glenda is powerful and kind - using her magic to help Dorothy. 


Carrie from the 1976


A witch in both senses of the word - socially outcast and blessed with powers of telekinesis - Carrie is one of my favorite “witches”. 


Hermione Granger from the
Harry Potter Series

Knowledge is power - and Hermione Granger proves that. Without her, Harry would have definitely died by book three.

Witch Hunt
is now available digitally from Momentum Pictures, click here to watch now.