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Escape To Witch Mountain Review


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Decades before Harry Potter wowed millions, another orphaned kid with magical powers delighted children in literature and the movies. Two of 'em, in fact. (Kids and movies, I mean.)

Watch carefully and you'll find Harry's origins written all over Escape to Witch Mountain. Young Tia and Tony (Harry Potter) find themselves orphaned and without memory of their parents. When their foster parents die, they're sent to an orphanage, where an evil capitalist named Deranian (Voldemort) tries to subvert their budding magical powers -- levitation, telepathy, animal communication, and more -- for his own whims. They escape and head for the mythical Witch Mountain (Hogwarts), where they're sure they'll be accepted. They get there thanks to an old map (lightning bolt scar) that Tia has, reminding her of her past. Helping them along the way is a crotchety but folksy camper (Hagrid) and a pet cat (owl), not to mention various other obstacles and helping hands -- including a magic harmonica (wand).

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Return From Witch Mountain Review


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Not even Christopher Lee and Bette Davis can rescue this sequel to Escape to Witch Mountain from being a derivative and nightmarish experience.

Oddly, the biggest offense isn't the asinine plot -- which has Lee and Davis promptly kidnapping the alien/magical kids on their inexplicable and sudden return to earth -- and seizing control of a nuclear power plant in a pathetic extortion scheme. (How do they get control of the plant? They force little Tony to levitate the plant's only guard into the air! Oh no!)

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