19 Movies & Shows EVERY Witch and Pagan Should Watch
We’re in the age of instant streaming TV. So why not take advantage of it and enjoy a little magical move or show entertainment? I don’t know about you, but as a modern witch, I like movies that either teach me a valuable lesson or take me on a magical journey. Here are our favorite current movies and series every witch or pagan should watch! (Keep in mind not all movies here will be witch movies and feature witches or pagans, BUT every one will have a reason why you should watch it.)
What Makes a Show or Movie Worthy of a Witch’s or Pagan’s Attention?
As a pagan witch, one of the things that drew me to the craft as a child was fantasy novels and movies like Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, The Pagemaster and others. When I recommend a movie or TV series for pagans and witches, it’s because it either features witches or pagans OR has elements of magic, the supernatural or spirituality. Without further adieu…
1. Pan’s Labyrinth
Every witch loves a good magical journey into the otherworld, am I right? If you don’t mind reading subtitles OR if you speak fluent Spanish, Pan’s Labyrinth is worth the watch. Pan’s Labyrinth is a fantasy featuring a little girl who finds herself lost between this world and another in light of unimaginable terrors in the real world, she meets fairies and gods in the otherworld. This is a fantasy movie every witch should watch.
2. The Conjuring
If you’re into a good horror movie, The Conjuring won’t disappoint. Based on a true haunting in Rhode Island, the film follows the demonologists known as the Warrens into a terrifying journey. The Warrens are called on to help a family dealing with a sinister haunting in their home…involving the ghost of a long-dead witch who once lived in their house. This one will have you jumping. So grab your partner and some popcorn, witches. And hold on tight.
3. In the Tall Grass
What is always so darn creepy about corn mazes and tall grass? Apparently it’s a common fear because this movie tapped into my nightmares. Another great horror flick for witches, In the Tall Grass keeps our hearts pounding and keeps us guessing. Will they make it out alive? What is hiding in the grass? Patrick Wilson from The Conjuring stars in this film based on a novella by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.
What I like to consider one of the best fantasy witch movies on Netflix is the movie based on Neil Gaiman’s novel Stardust. If you love fantasy, you’ll adore this film full of magic: witches, fallen stars, knights, and fairy worlds. Once you get lost in the land of Stardust, you won’t want to come back. And never mind the talented Michelle Pfeiffer plays a witch bent on revenge (that somehow we only want to see more of)!
5. The Ritual
So we won’t say this movie is for every witch, but if you’re into horror and don’t mind the darker side of the witchcraft/pagan spectrum – check out The Ritual on Netflix. Separate yourself from the mindset of “every movie should show pagans in a positive light”, because, let’s face it – pagans are often used as the butt of a horror movie’s plot twist. At that we can also say the horror industry also twists Christianity into plot twists (think The Nun), so if you can move past that this movie is disturbing and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Set in a creepy, overgrown Swedish forest – a group of pals set out on a hike in which terrifying things happen they never imagined.
6. Bird Box
Everyone was raving about this Netflix movie not too long ago. If you haven’t watched Bird Box, and you’re a witch who has Netflix, watch it now! There are some supernatural elements in Bird Box we never quite identify fully, which only makes the movie more intriguing. And who’s not a fan of Sandra Bullock as a heroine of a thriller? Every witch should watch Bird Box.
When Rose Red premiered on television years ago, I was hooked. I wanted to know all about the real Winchester mystery house. Why is this place so haunted? Why did Sarah Winchester keep building onto her mansion and why so many strange rooms and features? If you enjoy a good ghost story, based on true events, Winchester is your movie. While it doesn’t involve witches per se, there are some spiritualist and paranormal elements that will make it entertaining for any witch to watch. Plus what witch doesn’t love a huge Victorian mansion and seances?
8. Seventh Son
The Seventh Son is a new movie on Netflix that actually came out in 2014. Starring Ben Barnes and Julianne Moore (I love her), this film DOES involve witches, a blood moon, evil spirits and much more. The main character, Tom, meets with many dangers including shapeshifters, boggarts and battles his own conscience. Definitely a fantasy-thriller meant for witches to watch.
9. House of the Witch
This is another one of those witch movies where the witch is made out to be evil. I know it’s one of those common (sometimes annoying) themes, but if you have nothing else to watch and it must star a witch…check it out. Plus I enjoy when people think they’re going to f*ck with a witch and get what they deserve. Mwuahaha.
10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle
I learned of Shirley Jackson through an oracle card deck called the Literary Witches Oracle. I ate up her book The Haunting of Hill House, as well as the show and movies inspired by it. And seeing as how Shirley’s own husband joked that Shirley was indeed a “witch”, I was more than happy to read all of her work including We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Recently, Netflix released a film based on the book that stars Taissa Farmiga of American Horror Story fame. This is one dark movie on Netflix witches should watch. Might there be witches?
11. The Blair Witch Project
I remember when this movie was in the theaters. I know I’m dating myself here. But anyway, if you don’t mind a shaky camera and a girl’s snot in one of the shots, you might find The Blair Witch Project amusing. At least mildly. Yet another horror witch movie on Netflix, this film is at least interesting because of the backstory. It’s based on an old legend in Maryland about a witch who lived in the woods whose spirit haunted the local town.
12. Coven of Sisters
If you’re completely addicted to all things Witch Trials (like me), I’ll be watching this witch movie on Netflix this weekend. Coven of Sisters is a Spanish film, so be prepared to read your subtitles. Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 84%, which is pretty decent for them. It’s a period drama taking us back to the Spanish Inquisition, specifically to the Basque region. I’ve always been fascinated by the Basque Witch Trials, so I’m giving this one a try.
13. The BFG
The BFG is a wonderful movie for the whole witchy family to watch. Especially if you and your kiddos love a heartfelt, fantasy movie with mythical creatures. My kids truly enjoyed this movie, and they’ve made me watch it multiple times. So if you can’t watch The Conjuring or Winchester tonight, check out the BFG on Netflix.
This is one of those scam artists get more than they bargained for type films…and I’m a fan! In Malevolent, a team of con artists convince folks in Scotland that they rid haunted houses of their evil spirits. But…there’s always the ONE house, right? The one that reminds them of their deception. Malevolent doesn’t feature witches, but is a decent film witches who like horror might find amusing.
15. The Spiderwick Chronicles
Need a cute fantasy flick for the family? Here’s the synopsis from IMDB, “upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.” I’m always down for a good faery flick.
If you haven’t seen the Outlander series, now’s your chance to check it out. This series is based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon and are historical fiction based in 16th century Scotland. It’s nitty gritty romance but also features elements of time travel, midwifery, herbalism, superstition and magic. I highly recommend it for witches, pagans and historical fiction fans alike.
This TV series on Netflix is dubbed over in English; however, I ask that you ignore that and watch it anyway. Another historical fiction based on the time when Rome tried to conquer Germania circa 10 AD. The main characters, Arminius and Thusnelda, make this series worth watching…their ferocity and dedication to their Germanic tribe is palpable. The fight scenes are exciting and any pagan or witch of Germanic descent would enjoy watching a reenactment of this time period.
18. The Last Kingdom
I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again. The Last Kingdom is one of my favorite TV series of all time, hands down. You’ll find all eight seasons on Netflix and you won’t be disappointed. This series tells the story of a Saxon boy who loses his family and land to invading Vikings, is adopted by those same Vikings, then returns to regain his land and serve King Alfred. All set in Viking Age England. Plus, the main character is hott.
19. Vikings and Vikings Valhalla
If you haven’t already been watching the Vikings TV series, go and catch up. Because now there’s a spin-off called Vikings Valhalla that’s supposedly just as good. I’ll be honest and tell you I haven’t watched the spin off but fully enjoyed the first Vikings series. A great show for pagans to watch.
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