Three single women inadvertently summon their
ideal man, who turns out to be the Devil on the prowl.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Directed by George Miller
Written by Michael Cristofer
Starrring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Carel Struycken
Based on the novel by John Updike
Oscar Nominations - Best Sound, Best Original Score (John Williams)
Any movie that stars Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer in their prime and Jack Nicholson as the Devil is going to be worth watching. And The Witches of Eastwick is a bizarre, but enjoyable black comedy that shows hell truly hath no fury like a woman scorned. Especially when those three women are witches with the power to screw with Satan himself, who goes by Daryl Van Horne these days. In addition, you've got a bouncy Elfman-esque score by the great John Williams, and some scenes that straddle the line between fantasy and horror.
In the small New England town of Eastwick, three single friends Alexandra (Cher), Jane (Sarandon), and Sukie (Pfeiffer) hang out once a week and complain about their love lives. Not realizing their inherent magical powers, they end up summoning a man who seemingly fits all their individual criteria, but is also a gross, irritating, beast of a man. His name is Daryl Van Horne (Nicholson), and he's a horny little Devil. He sleeps with all three women, but when they realize he is evil, powerful, and vengeful, they try to leave him. But Daryl, of course, is pissed, and uses their fears against them, prompting the trio to use their powers to rid themselves of Daryl once and for all.
It's weird, it's a little too tame at times despite an R-rating, and the ending is hilarious but abrupt. Overall, The Witches of Eastwick is a decent October watch that features a solid psychotic performance from Jack Nicholson, one that I'm pretty sure landed him the role of the Joker in Batman.