Hocus Pocus (1993)

With all the remakes being churned out lately (because apparently Hollywood has run out of fresh ideas) I sincerely hope they leave Disney’s Hocus Pocus alone. It doesn’t need a remake, a prequel, a sequel or any other kind of reboot whatsoever. It’s cheesy and extremely over the top with special effects that scream “made in the 90s!” but that’s what makes it so great. It doesn’t try to be complicated with a load of plot twists or subplots to follow and decipher, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is what it is; a supernatural tale of a brother and sister relationship taken for granted, witches who hate children, a couple of stereotypical bullies who look like they belong in a Bill & Ted movie, a poor zombie fellow who keeps losing his head and a talking cat with an accent that is oddly reassuring and comforting. Frankly, a world where Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker aren’t the wildly theatrical and cheesy Sanderson sisters (Winnifred, Mary and Sarah) would be a creepy and unsettling world and one I’m not emotionally ready for. So please, Hollywood-Powers-That-Be, hands off!

For those poor unfortunate souls (Disney reference intended!) who are yet to discover the gem that is Hocus Pocus I recommend watching the trailer first. While I absolutely loved this movie growing up, and still have a strong attachment to it, it may not appeal to the Millennials out there who have been spoilt with CGI dependent movies with multilayered and meaningful plots. That being said, if you are naturally drawn to movies like The Never Ending Story, The Princess Bride, Dark Crystal or Casper you might want to give Hocus Pocus a whirl.

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