Never known for the accessibility of his films, director Nicolas Roeg (DON'T LOOK NOW, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, INSIGNIFICANCE) here has created a wildly entertaining fairy tale.
The film begins in Germany, where a little boy named Luke (Jasen Fisher) listens to bedtime stories read by his grandmother Helga (Mai Zetterling). Helga warns Luke about witches and their insidious ways. Some time after the story-telling session, Luke's parents are killed in a car accident,
leaving the boy and his grandmother alone. They travel to England and, when Helga is stricken with a mild attack of diabetes, they head for a seaside resort. Coincidentally, all the witches in Eng...