Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Anything Can Happen On Halloween...

If you've read Lulaville for any amount of time, you know that my most favorite actor in the history of the world is Tim Curry. If you're new to my world of randomness, I'll restate my love:

I adore him.

My very favorite Halloween movie features quite a performance by Mr. Tim Curry...and it's not the role you're thinking of:
Dr. Franknfurter, how I love thee!

Please don't misunderstand--I am crazy over Rocky Horror Picture Show. I own the DVD as well as the CD soundtrack of the movie. I don't get people who don't get RHPS. It's as simple as that. Sorry if I've offended you, but I gotta stay true to myself here. After all, it is my blog.

But that's not what I want to discuss.

My favorite Halloween flick is a little-known gem from the mid-1980's, called The Worst Witch, starring a young Fairuza Balk, Charlotte Rae (of TV's The Facts of Life), Diana Rigg, and beloved Tim Curry.

I describe it as "little known," because nearly every time I mention it--which is always during the Halloween season--invariably the person I'm speaking with will reply, "I have no idea what you're talking about."

TRAVESTY! Utter travesty, y'all!

My brother and I watched The Worst Witch on HBO throughout the 80's, and then on the Disney channel in the early 90's. When it became available on DVD about 10 years ago, we snatched it up as if the DVD case had diamonds embedded in its spine.

This little gem of a movie has terrible special effects, and the acting is not exactly the finest in the world. (Apologizes to the always amazing Diana Rigg, who saves the movie with her subtle yet campy portrayal of Miss Hardbroom.) In fact, the one word I'd use to describe The Worst Witch is cheesy. But it's adorably cheesy. And I love it.

Today, If you have not yet dropped any LSD and need to take an acidic trip, may I present to you now...Tim Curry as The Grand Wizard in the best little movie ever, The Worst Witch:

I've always thought that this musical number embodied what it must have felt like to have been at Woodstock.


Have you seen The Worst Witch? If so, please share your glee with me. If not, please do us both a favor and rent it! Or, share your favorite Halloween film with me. It won't be as cheese-tastic as a movie about a school for young witches, but I'll take your recommendations into consideration.


CaraBee said...

I HAVE seen that movie. And it was awesome. As Tim Curry is awesome. Seriously, he is one of my all time faves. What about his turn as the devil in Legend, a truly underrated flick, or his star-studded performance in Annie! But he will always be Franknfurter to me. Always.

I wonder if there's a midnight showing in Pigeon Forge?

Sara said...

OMG YES. I JUST posted the link to Anything Can Happen On Halloween on FB Monday.
Awesome Awesome movie. Fairuza Balk's career-defining moment, I say. I mean really, would she have gone on to greatness in The Craft were it not for the Worst Witch?

Em said...

Oh my.

We were po in the '80s, so no HBO for us, but I can see the attraction.

To Tim Curry that is. Meeoooow. The Grand Wizard Seducer - bad Tim. Very bad.

I feel the need to rent Clue.

Elena said...

Okay, I have not heard of this movie and those effects rock. LOL! My all time favorite, hands down, is NIghtmare Before Christmas. I put it in the truck's DVD player Oct. 1 and listen to it (while kids watch) all month long. I was just thinking yesterday that I have a serious crush on little Jack Skelington.

Brandy said...

I HAVE seen it! And I loved it. I haven't seen it in decades though so I'm headed over to put it in my queue RIGHT. NOW.

Brandy said...

And FYI my favorite Christmas special on HBO was Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Amen.

{Adding that to the queue too.}

S Club Mama said...

I don't believe I've ever seen it but I'll look it up at the library.

My favorite Halloween movie is...Halloween (the original), Leprechaun, Halloweentown...gosh, I just love Halloween. I really do.

Alexandria said...

Oh my goodness! My brother use to watch that movie ALL the time! That is hilar! So I have seen it many times.

I too adore the love!

Tony C said...

Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

...oh no...I just pee'd a little.

Summer said...

Okay, so maybe we don't have the same taste in movies.... =)

But, that's okay....

I'll forgive you.

Hugs mama!

Swirl Girl said...

Tim Curry will always and forever be Frank N. Furter to me.

(He's just a sweet transvestite, {{sweet transvestite}} from Tran-syl-van-iahhhhaha)

Heather said...

I still remember the first time I ever saw RHPS...I was like, what was that?! Oh my word.

Hey, did you get my text? 'Cause when I woke up this afternoon to a humongous bouquet of flowers courtesy of my best blogger friend in the world, I sent her a text right away.

Thank you so much! You rock. I cannot wait to see you again in TWO WEEKS!!!

Shannon said...

I knew I loved you... but until this post, I didn't know just how much.

The Worst Witch IS the best Halloween flick ever. In the history of the world. Amen.

See what kindred spirits we are?

Nat said...

hOld the phone! you love tim curry? he is awesome. please tell me you have seen oscar. he is soooo good in that.

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

i haven't seen it. shoot me now. i will watch this weekend. promise.

did i ever tell you that i met tim curry at the burbank airport? i did. and it was awesome.

kelly anne said...

well i am positive that i have heard the song before, but i can't figure out if i've actually seen the movie. i will have to rent it and watch it... :)

Live.Love.Eat said...

That song's got a good beat but sadly, I have never seen that movie. I am so boring I know. Wish I could be more like you and be passionate about a Halloween movie but I don't even have a favorite.

I like a good Curry though and Tim is definitely one of 'em!!!!

greedygrace said...

I totally remember! They played it every year on HBO, I watched it at least a dozen times every year! I loved the little kitten they gave her!

Bekah said...

you're depressing me and reminding me i have no outfit for tomorrow night :(

also i kinda hate Halloween so this posts flew over my head!!

Lacey said...

i loved this movie so much and I love tim curry! BUT I'm more of a Return to Oz fan. My mom always thought it was too bizarre and would give me nightmares when I was little but I still loved it even if it did. The best!

Mrs. Fish aka Two Fish said...

I have seen both movies and a HUGE fan. Tim Curry is absolutely brilliant! Your newest SITSa and stalker. ;)


ParentingPink said...

Hey there stranger! It's been a while but I'm back in the blogosphere! Hope you and the girls had a wonderful Halloween (minus Tim Curry of course!).

I too LOVE, LOVE the Rocky Horror Pic Show. A classic! Now I'm going to have to go see The Worst Witch - I'm up for a little Cheese every once in a while :-)

ParentingPink said...

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Mama Dawg said...

I thought I was the ONLY one that saw that movie!

Oh, man. I heart Tim Curry, too. And the RHPS DVD is on my Xmas list.

Robin said...

I just stumbled onto your blog thru MamaKat. I love Tim Curry (even when I hate the movie) and I did not know that there were so many of us. Have you listened to his reading of the books A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett? Even if you have read the books, find the CDs and listen.

Laura said...

I love Tim Curry too. And he has aged well. I've never seen a man look as good in a corset as he does.