Episode XXXIV: ‘Return from Witch Mountain’

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Title: Return From Witch Mountain (1978)
Rated: G
Directed by: John Hough
Written by: Malcolm Marmorstein
Starring: Bette Davis as Leetha
                 Christopher Lee as Victor
                 Kim Richards as Tia
                 Ike Eisenmann as Tony
                 Jack Soo as Mr. Yo-yo

Tagline: Sinister forces from this world against two young space travelers from another

By Scott from He Shot Cyrus

Pre-Screening Memories: I was the kid too poor to subscribe to the Disney Channel.

It’s true.  But every couple of months, one of the friendly Disney Channel operators would show up on our TV screen and announce a free Disney Weekend!  That’s the deal where, for three days, Disney allowed me to be happy.  Armed with every blank VHS tape in the house, I waited for the split second that the magical programming began.  The “REC” button instantly created lifelong memories.  I never did get to watch Night Train to Kathmandu (1988) but I’ve seen the commercial about a thousand times.  Why did I see the Night Train to Kathmandu commercial a thousand times?  Because it was on my  Witch Mountain tape. 
 
The Witch Mountain tape.  What a glorious tape it was.

Not only did that tape have both Witch Mountain movies, it had this amazing episode of Duck Tales where the Beagles Boys somehow get a hold of giant robots and try to rob Scrooge’s vault.  I think I still have the tape somewhere and last time I checked, it’s still in working condition.  I’ve seen both of these movies more times than I can count.  Lately, I’ve made it my job to introduce lovers to the original to the lesser-known sequel.  Even though it’s been quite a long time since I’ve watched Return from Witch Mountain, I’m 100% positive that the film will hold up today. 
 
What Stands Out from Return from Witch Mountain:

  1. Yo-Yo and his van, especially when the kids fix it using the amazing technological technique known as “playing a scene in reverse.”
  2. The old lady taking Tony to the convenient display of gold bars at the local museum.
  3. Something about trashcans and a goat.

Hmmm…looks like I do need to rewatch this one.  Thanks Natsukashi. 

Listen to Scott’s return to Return From Witch Mountain here, or just push play below:


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