Family-Friendly Halloween Horror: Hocus Pocus

Hello, hello!
Can you guys believe that it’s already October again?
Well, you know what this means. It’s time for horror movie reviews! And this time, I’m gonna kick things off with a true Halloween classic: Hocus Pocus.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

The Rating:

Fun fact of the day: this was the first movie I watched after signing up for Netflix! I’m going to start this review, letting you know that Hocus Pocus is not the best film out there. It’s not the smartest either. Or the scariest. Despite all that it is always a good time and a must watch for Octobers.

First of all, the idea is cute. And the way it was executed still holds up today. Many flicks that went over board with special effects and CGI often look super outdated after a couple of years. But here, they thankfully toned it down in that department and things still look charming.

I might be a little biased when it comes to Hocus Pocus because I’ve always had a thing for witches. Nevertheless the Sanderson sisters are amazing, hilarious and have reached cult status. This film features many iconic (and very quotable) scenes with those three gals which is certainly a testament to the writers!

Sure, the story is not the most inventive thing of all time, but there are some great moments that never lose their entertainment value, no matter how often you re-watch Hocus Pocus.

Additionally, the movie isn’t too scary, so it’s the perfect thing to watch either with kids or people who are not into horror movies. It’s the perfect way to get the Halloween spirit (you know, without getting scared shitless).

Hocus Pocus is one of those movies you will enjoy tremendously if you don’t put too much thought into it. Don’t expect the best or most intricate movie out there but instead just go with the flow and enjoy the humor. It can be a great time if you let it!

Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Family-Friendly Halloween Horror: Hocus Pocus

  1. It’s a film that I think is essential to Halloween along with the films of John Carpenter and Alfred Hitchcock. It is such a fun film and Bette Midler’s rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” is classic.

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