Thursday, October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Hocus Pocus

If you were a kid in the United States in the 1990s, you probably remember the cult classic Hocus Pocus. Back then, of course, it wasn't a cult classic yet, just cool Halloween weirdness. I remember some of my classmates jumping around the schoolyard saying Sarah Jessica Parker's line, "Amok, amok, amok!"

Flash forward a jillion years to the present, and I'm watching this movie for the blog. And all I can think of is how WEIRD this movie is, and how funny it is that I didn't notice it when I was a kid. Here's what I loved about the movie:

  1. Cheesy special effects. Picture it: a talking puppet cat, really bad zombie make-up, and lightning bolts coming out of Bette Midler's fingertips.
  2. Acting so bad it's good. Seriously.
  3. Sarah Jessica Parker before she was super-famous.
  4. The complete and utter over-the-top-ness of the Sanderson Sisters, especially Bette Midler. The scenes without them in the movie fell flat. Which brings me to my next list...

What I Hated About This Movie

  1. Overuse of the word "virgin." Yes, we get it. He's a virgin.
  2. Acting so bad it was just...bad.
  3. The predictability of the plot.

Verdict: If you're waxing nostalgic for the 1990s, pick this up. If not (and I know there will be an angry mob waiting for me outside when I say this), there are better Halloweeen movies out there! You can watch with your kids, but make sure to be ready to explain what a virgin is!

What's your favorite Halloweeen throwback film?

Creepy animated GIF courtesy of Crushable. Thanks!


  1. Whenever I go back and watch an old movie that I thought of as a favorite, I am sorely disappointed. I walk away thinking, Really? I loved this? Why did I love this? Just last week I re-watched Dream a Little Dream and was amazed that it didn't live up to my memory of it. I was never much into Halloween, so I haven't seen Hocus Pocus. When my kids were younger they couldn't get enough of the Disney Halloween movie, Halloween Town.

    1. I just saw a commercial for Halloween Town yesterday!

  2. I never watched it as a kid, and maaybe seen bits of it on TV? Though, honestly, as a kid, I'd prolly have been scared. It didn't take much back then! Or now, really... : 0