Must Be The Season of The Teen Witch

The Femme Moon
3 min readOct 19, 2022

Scorpio Season starts October 23–24…

which means Halloween is around the corner!

Our love of October is punctuated by films that have emphasized the very culture in which Halloween thrives: monsters, mystery and, above all, magic. Witches, of course, take the cake for our favorite Season-adjacent archetype. Ranging from horror to comedy (or a combo of both), screen representations as both heroine and hellfire reveal varied societal perspectives on the witch… or even just about women in general.

In horrid cliches, a 1956 TIME article claimed “witch types or ‘loathsome women’ can be found just about anywhere in modern life”, implying the term “witch” itself was interchangeable with an “evil” or “difficult” woman. Women who simply stood up for themselves were witches. The piece goes on to say that witches hate men and hate having sex with them, so sapphic sarcastics were definitely seen as witches. Any woman who simply did not have an insane zest for feminine social expectations or took the trash out of her life, through necessity or desire, could be slapped with the label. Her actual connection to magic and healing mattered not. However, one aspect of the article’s sexist “witch” cliches of rang true:

“In the eyes of Jungian psychologists, to many of whom the whole world of demons, myth and fable is every bit as vivid as it is to poets and children, believe that certain kinds of myths are repeated over and over again in all eras and societies, thus furnishing clues to the universal unconscious, just as an individual’s dreams may give clues to his individual unconscious.”

Witch representations run as wide and deep as the centuries of forlorn folklore before it. Many beloved silver screen “witchy” characters relish in “nasty” depictions regardless of the ‘50s-’70s rebrands as a crafty Hollywood housewives ( or Bell, Book and Candle) or the sexy temptress B-movie crossover. The ’90s embraced a revival of the trope, boiling over with stereotypes yet beloved enough to receive recent remake treatment. Hocus Pocushas a cute 2022 sequelfocusing on sisterhood; the generational witchy Addams Family is in constant refresh, the latest series debuting near Thanksgiving; The Witches was remade with Octavia Spencer as the beloved grandma, set in the…

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