Witches stars Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci rave about working together once again

Topping the Kiwi box office right now is the big-screen reboot of Roald Dahl's classic The Witches - a film which brings together two old mates from way back, Anne Hathaway and Stanley Tucci.

Where does the time go? It was over 15 years ago, in 2006, when Hathaway and Tucci first appeared together in The Devil Wears Prada - a film that Oscar-winner Hathaway considers one of the special ones.

"Oh my god, it was such a giggle," she told Newshub. "It was so lovely getting to work on The Devil Wears Prada.

"All of us in that cast feel that we were so lucky that David Frankel chose us, that whole movie just felt like lightning in a bottle. That it's gone on to have the life that it has, just in film history feels amazing. So anytime I get to see anyone from that movie I just squeal and I'm just so happy.

"Stanley is the first cast member I've got to act opposite with and we picked up from right where we left off... just having a giggle, having a great time and thrilled to be there."

A giggle indeed, hamming it up as the Grand High Witch in this Roald Dahl classic - it's clear she and Tucci are having a ball.

"It was great," he told Newshub. "It's always comfortable and reassuring when you work with a friend, and particularly a friend that you've worked with before, it makes a huge difference. There's a shorthand, it's just easy, you trust each other."

This dark classic tale of little boys, little mice, magic potions, a marvellous grandmother and a coven of terrifying witches has been reimagined by director Robert Zemeckis, with a helping hand from the master of dark cinematic fairytales Guillermo del Toro, which means double the demons.

I wondered if it might be too much for my seven-year-old but wanted to check with the stars first.

"I think that you should try," Hathaway said. "And if they start screaming, (gestures to leave), but my children are not watching this… ever."

If you're keen to let your little rugrats judge the scariness of The Witches for themselves, just head a cinema near you.