I remember it rather clearly: a house is blown away by a tornado, it is whirling around in the storm together with furniture and all kinds of stuff. Then, when an evil, green witch is flying on her broomstick past the window and I pull back the blanket over my head.
Of course you know what I’m talking about: The opening of The Wizard of Oz. From what I can remember that scene which was the first time that I had been scared about anything in a movie.
I’m not sure anymore whether I even enjoyed the movie as a whole, but I have seen it plenty of times. Guess there wasn’t much else to watch. The ritual of me watching the movie whilst hiding under a blanket repeated once a year. Traditionally the movie came back into TV during the christmas time if I remember correctly.
From what I remember the movie was mainly weird but I dreaded every scene in which the witch appeared. Logically the highlight of the movie was when she eventually melted away.
Now, almost 40 years later I have seen many, many scary movies, but in hindsight no other movie character has managed to scare me like the Wicked Witch of the West 1. She was the manifestation of all that was evil and scary for the much younger me. Things change of course.
Am I still scared of the wicked witch? Naturally not. She’s gone. Melted away. Every year around Chri… crap… anyway, Happy Halloween.
- To be honest, I had to do a search to figure out the characters’ name as it was only the scary green witch to me and I haven’t watched the movie since. ↩