Director Dorian Walker
Initial DVD release July 12, 2005
Country United States
Genre Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
|Release date April 23, 1989 (1989-04-23)|
Writer Robin Menken, Vernon Zimmerman
Music director Larry Weir, Richard Elliot
Cast Robyn Lively (Louise Miller), Dan Gauthier (Brad Powell), Joshua John Miller (Richie Miller), Caren Kaye (Margaret Miller), Dick Sargent (Frank Miller), Lisa Fuller (Randa)
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Tagline Fall under her spell.
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Teen Witch is a 1989 American teen fantasy comedy film directed by Dorian Walker, written by Robin Menken and Vernon Zimmerman, and starring Robyn Lively and Zelda Rubinstein.
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- Box office and reception
Originally pitched as a female version of Teen Wolf (1985), and later reworked into a film of its own, the film features numerous impromptu rap musical numbers and has since become a cult classic, aided by midnight theater showings, regular airings on cable network channels, and on ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween. The film is also popular for its music and 1980s fashion nostalgia.
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After a bike accident, the sweet-yet-nerdy 15-year-old Louise Miller (Lively) knocks on the door of a strange-looking house, hoping to use the phone. Instead, she meets a strange but welcoming woman, the seer Madame Serena (Rubinstein). Reading Louise's palm, Serena is stunned when she learns that Louise is a reincarnated witch and an old friend from one of her previous lives. A week later, on Louise's 16th birthday, her magical powers return through a powerful amulet that was lost in a former life, an item that Madame Serena says searches for its owner.
Now that Louise has the power to alter the world around her, she intends to make her dreams come true by casting a spell to win over Brad (Gauthier), the hottest guy in school, without earning his love. With Madame Serena's help, Louise uses her newfound powers to become the most popular girl in school, while also getting back at her harassing English teacher, Mr. Weaver (Berman), and the cheerleaders who never respected her. It is only after her popularity spell gets out of hand—which in turn causes her to abandon her equally unpopular, but loyal, best friend Polly (Ingber)—that Louise realizes she doesn't need magic. In the end, she relinquishes her powers by giving her amulet to Madame Serena, creating her own happy ending in the process.
Box office and reception
The production budget for Teen Witch was $2,500,000. The film was released in the US on April 23, 1989 and grossed $3,875 in its opening weekend at the box office, and only $27,843 in its entire run. April 1989 box office competition included Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner and Pet Sematary, written by Stephen King. Both films were released on April 21, 1989, two days before the Teen Witch release.
Teen Witch is a cult classic, having gained newer, younger audiences after regular re-airings on cable network channels such as HBO and Cinemax in the 1990s. Jarett Wieselman of the New York Post stated, "There are good movies, there are bad movies, there are movies that are so bad they're good and then there is Teen Witch -- a cult classic that defies classification thanks to a curious combination of songs, spells and skin." Joshua John Miller stated of his involvement with the film as character Richie, "If you look at Teen Witch, it was a very campy performance. But it's a really fun film and something I have grown to honor."
There are parodies or homages of the film, especially of its rap song "Top That" (including a homage starring Alia Shawkat). Drew Grant of Nerve.com stated, "If you've never seen the original rap scene from the 80s classic Teen Witch, you must immediately stop what you're doing and watch it right now. It's everything wonderful and terrible about that decade rolled into one misguided appropriation of... hip-hop." Stephanie Marcus of The Huffington Post called "Top That" "the worst song of all time."
On July 12, 2005, MGM released the film to DVD in its original widescreen theatrical version. In 2007, ABC Family acquired the television rights and has since re-aired it regularly as part of their yearly 13 Nights of Halloween movie specials.
- "All Washed Up" - Larry Weir
- "Dream Lover" - Cathy Car
- "Finest Hour" - Cindy Valentine featuring Larry Weir
- "High School Blues" - The Puppy Boys
- "I Keep on Falling" - Blue Future
- "I Like Boys" - Elizabeth & The Weirz
- "Get Up and Move" - Cathy Car
- "Much too Much" - Cathy Car
- "Never Gonna Be the Same Again" (opening sequence) - Lori Ruso
- "Never Gonna Be the Same Again" (concert version) - Cindy Valentine
- "Popular Girl" - Theresa & The Weirz
- "Rap" - Philip McKean & Larry Weir
- "Shame" - The Weirz
- "Top That" - The Michael Terry Rappers
- "In Your Arms" - Richard Elliot
Music was recorded at Weir Brothers Studio.
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The Weir brothers created Caption Records and collaborated with Teen Witch film producer Alana Lambros for the Teen Witch the Musical project.
Financial backers of Teen Witch had neglected to provide funding for the original soundtrack release: After a decade and a half, the master audio tapes had become unavailable. The Weir brothers were interested in recreating the now-popular songs that Larry Weir had written; Alana Lambros brought her long held view that Teen Witch the Musical was viable as a Broadway bound production to the project.
In 2007, the audio CD for Teen Witch the Musical was released, a new generation of actors were cast for the stage-play, which was presented in workshop. This adaptation never found a larger venue.
The cast of Teen Witch the Musical:
In April 2008, Variety reported that Ashley Tisdale signed with FremantleMedia North America and was in talks with United Artists to star in a remake of Teen Witch.
ReferencesTeen Witch Wikipedia
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