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Hocus Pocus

Three dead witches are brought back to life on Halloween.
Feel-Good
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
1993
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Kid Friendly
Festivity: 
Halloween
Character Focus: 
Wizard Film
Stalker: 
Thief
Object: 
Book
Psychics: 
Telekinetic
Wizards: 
Evoker
Conjurer
Transmuter
Alchemist
Necromancer
6
Greatness three-fold!
7.04
5.04
7.04
7.04
3
4
2
Ambiance
Plot
Performances
This is great for kids of all ages who like a little scare here and there. It’s an excellent gateway to horror, but, as opposed to most films of its kind, it’s probably not something the average adult wants to watch. It is infantilizing and plot hole-ridden. This is a Walt Disney production, so don’t expect gore or funny stuff. The best thing about it is that it takes place on Halloween!
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy play three energetic and extroverted witches in some of the most extravagant roles of their successful careers. Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw and Thora Birch play the good guys. In all cases, the casting is optimal. Hocus Pocus is a colorful movie. It looks good and it’s highly atmospheric. The special effects are equally amazing.
There is some singing. There’s enough singing to consider this a musical, but don’t get excited if that’s your thing. The musical facet feels underachieved. The writers held back. Hocus Pocus will divide audiences. As a kids’ movie, it’s better than a lot of things out there, but it’s not necessarily the film you want to have looping on your living room TV all year long.
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