In “Bitchcraft,” the twisted season three premiere of American Horror Story: Coven, we follow Zoe (Taissa Farmiga, much younger sister of Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga), a young woman who is sent away to a boarding school for teen witches run by Ryan Murphy-muses Jessica Lange (as the “supreme” head witch of all witches) and Sarah Paulson (kind-hearted daughter of the supreme) after she accidentally makes her boyfriend ooze blood from the mouth, eyes and nose during sex.
It opens with Kathy Bates as the infamous Madame LaLaurie in 1830s New Orleans in a memorable scene involving naked black men in cages. She puts a bull’s head on one and calls him a minotaur.
She’s clearly evil, but perhaps not as evil as voodoo queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) who is out for vengeance, and appears to be quite a source of irritation for the present-day witches of Louisiana.
At the end of the episode, Kathy Bates is brought out of the earth in the present-day by a hilariously campy Lange, who, to my delight, references falling houses and Hogwarts.
First of all, I know The Vampire Diaries is a super popular show on The CW, not to mention Supernatural, so it was only inevitable that the notoriously childlike network that so desperately wants to be taken seriously would further capitalize on that.
Now two new shows are constantly being promoted on The CW, that confusing new Sarah Michelle Gellar show, The Ringer and The Secret Circle, which is apparently about teenage witches.
Just a few things I might point out about this promo, the way they used The Kills’ “DNA,” an actual legitimately amazing songs AND the best thing of all, the quote towards the end,
“You’re a witch, we all are.”
Like many children, I was terrified of witches from the time I can remember up until, like 8th grade.
It was the trifecta of children’s horror movies that really got me, Snow White, The Wizard Of Oz and it’s cult classic sequel, Return To Oz from 1985.
Sleeping Beauty, The Witches and the original The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe on BBC in 1988 (my mom used to rent it from the library for us) didn’t help much either.