Grab your twin and get ready for a review of the best Halloween movie ever made! There will be some spoilers, but this movie came out literally 15 years ago so you’re legally not allowed to get mad at me. No spooky movie is as revolutionary or groundbreaking as “Twitches” (2005) starring Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry (there is, I believe, some relation). “Twitches” defines the modern horror genre with its unpredictable story and terrifying villain,
The plot of the film, which I will later argue is based on “Hamlet,” is intriguing and enticing, pulling the viewer in as if they’ve never seen a movie about witches (or twins) before. Twin witches separated at birth (hence the extremely clever name) find each other and discover their witchy powers while trying to defeat “the Darkness,” a concept poignantly captured only within this movie. At this point, you may be itching to hear about my comparison of “Twitches” with “Hamlet,” a little known play by an unknown author, William Shakespeare. Well, buckle up, because I’m about to overanalyze the heck out of this Disney Halloween movie.
To start, both feature an antagonist that is the uncle of the protagonist(s). This uncle, in both instances, also killed the father of the protagonist(s), and becomes eerily “close” with their mother. Further, there is also a dynamic duo to look after or protect the protagonist(s). In “Hamlet,” this is accomplished by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who spy on the famously emo Prince of Denmark, whereas in “Twitches,” it is done by accidentally almost killing the twins about three times. Although, in my (always correct) opinion, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have nothing on Ileana and Karsh, those chaotic Scorpios. So basically, “Twitches” is “Hamlet” if Hamlet had a twin…who was a witch, and both were just generally less annoying and broody.
The film also does a good job
“Twitches” may be spooky and horrifying, but it teaches an important lesson. If you find your twin (who’s out there, trust me), and you assume your witch identity, you are capable of solving all of your problems and saving the world. I’m still looking for my twin so I can get my powers, but I have faith she’s out there. If anyone reading this is also 5’6” with a brunette bob and brown eyes, you may be my twin. There aren’t many people in the world, let alone at Vassar College, with that description, so if that sounds like you, let me know and we can concentrate really hard and save the world.
This cinematic goldmine can be found on Disney Plus for free, or on my grandma’s DVR because she recorded it for me 10 years ago and I’m sure she still hasn’t deleted it. If you like movies about witches, this is perfect for you! It’s got two of them in it! I have to give this movie 2 out of 2, for both witches. Get it? They’re twins… that are witches! Clever.