Yet I realize that all of my "Halloween Nostalgia Disorder" posts have been television-related. I am so sorry. I don't know that I have any books that fit into this category I've created for myself. (Wait until Christmas!) I was an '80s kid, though, and both of my parents worked. The combination made for an unholy amount of TV viewing, I guess. On top of this, I was also a book nerd, who started reading on my own at a very young age. Should I mention I played no sports and had no extracurricular activities, or is this too obvious?
Let's look at today's long-lost bit of Danzel's childhood: The Worst Witch, an 1986 HBO TV movie based on a book I've never read. (Perhaps I should fix that.)
It starred a young Fairuza Balk as Mildred Hubble, a clumsy girl attending a witch academy. The kindly headmistress, Miss Cackle, is played by Charlotte Rae, as is Miss Cackle's evil twin sister Agatha. The demanding, imperious teacher who gives Mildred a hard time is played by Diana Rigg. And showing up as The Grand Wizard is Dr. Frankenfurter himself, Tim Curry.
My sister was cool enough to find and buy this on DVD as soon as it came out. For the past several years, though, it has resided in my house. Once in a while, a little girl - or a sad, weird little girl at heart - gets an itch to put it in the DVD player.
Did it cast such a spell? I don't know, but it is funny when Mildred accidentally turns the mean girl into a pig.
I know there was a British television series made years later, based on the same series of books. Has anyone ever seen it? Has anyone read the book(s)? Heck, has anyone ever seen this movie?
Because if you have, you won't forget it. The cheesy effects and the "Growing Up Isn't Easy" theme song will stay in your head for years.
Here's the movie on YouTube:
Or you can just skip ahead and watch Tim Curry. Those synths! Those special effects! The weirdness!