GenreComedy, Fantasy ScreenplayLarry Cohen WriterLarry Cohen
Release dateFebruary 3, 1989 (USA) CastBette Davis (Miranda Pierpoint), Barbara Carrera (Priscilla), Colleen Camp (Jenny Fisher), Lionel Stander (Sam), David Rasche (Steve Fisher), Tom Bosley (Lt. MacIntosh) Similar moviesHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Spirited Away, Max, Just Go With It, Kiki's Delivery Service
TaglineWhich Witch is which?
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Wicked Stepmother is a 1989 American comedy film written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen. It is best known for being the last film of Bette Davis, who withdrew from the project after filming began, citing major problems with the script and the way she was being photographed. Cohen later claimed she really dropped out due to ill health but avoided publicizing the truth for fear it would affect potential future employment. The actress died eight months after the film was released.
The original plot cast Davis as the title character, a chain smoking witch named Miranda, who has married Sam while his vegetarian daughter Jenny and son-in-law Steve are on vacation. They return to find their new stepmother has filled their refrigerator with meat and played havoc with their collection of herbs. To explain Davis' absence, the script was rewritten to introduce Miranda's daughter Priscilla, who takes on a human form while her mother's spirit inhabits the body of a cat. Priscilla then sets out to get Jenny who has figured out that there is something going on. She accuses her of messing up the kitchen while Jenny's on a bike ride. Priscilla ends up sleeping with Jenny's husband. The entire time she refuses to switch bodies with Miranda. Jenny then figures out that they're witches and tries to stop them from ruining her family.
Bette Davis as Miranda Pierpoint
Barbara Carrera as Priscilla Pierpoint
Colleen Camp as Jenny Fisher
Lionel Stander as Sam
David Rasche as Steve Fisher
Shawn Donahue as Mike
Tom Bosley as Lt. MacIntosh
Richard Moll as Nathan Pringle
Evelyn Keyes as Witch Instructor
James Dixon as Detective Flynn
Seymour Cassel as Feldshine
Principal production credits
Original Music as Robert Folk
Cinematography as Bryan England
Art Direction as Gene Abel
Costume Design as Julie Weiss
TV Guide calls it "a good-natured, occasionally hilarious spookshow, graced with a few ingenious special effects and sassily acted - with Davis giving a gleefully nasty, if abbreviated, last film performance.