one movie that put a hypnotic spell on all of us ’90s kids…
and one of the famed Sanderson sisters recently knocked it out of the park for us.
The 1993 cult movie phenomenon Hocus Pocus continues to cast its nostalgic magic on anybody who has seen the film throughout the past 23 years since it premiered in movie theaters. Much like John Carpenter’s Halloween series, Hocus Pocus has become one of the must-see Halloween movies. That’s definitely impressive company for this time of year.
Disney, incredibly, seems to have the support of the main cast to reunite for an entertaining sequel. What’s more is that the original movie didn’t rely too heavily on grand special effects, which means the sequel would likely be story first. And the movies that focus on story, characters and settings first always succeed.
(ex.- Hocus Pocus in 1993).
Hopefully, fans won’t have to wait 300 years for someone to light a black flame candle of screenwriting for a sequel.
Michael Myers, the killers from the Scream movies, pumpkins, evil leprechauns, ghosts and goblins, curses and witchcraft, candy galore, mysterious fog and wild costumes round out what Halloween is mostly all about.
It’s a great time of year when our imaginations can run wild and we can be as scary or humorously creative as we want. Ultimately, it’s a celebration and a time of year when we love to be scared; getting our heart racing is a plus. Visiting costume stores/depots that are set-up for about a couple months is always entertaining because we discover what the top costumes will be in a particular year in popular culture. This year there will be current favorites like Game of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy, classics like a cat and a ghost, plus nostalgic returns like the dynamically dumb duo of Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas. But let’s be 100% sure not what neglect a cinematic treasure from the past that can be viewed and celebrated by people of all ages (especially Millennials). We can watch the scariest films we want, but somewhere in our playlist must be a movie that stars three witches, a talking cat and some salt.
When I say, “Hocus,” you say…
There are too many quintessential scary/Halloween movies to try to squeeze into watching today. From “Beetlejuice” to “Dracula” to “The Lost Boys” to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to “Psycho” to “Rear Window” to “Vampires” to “The Ring” to “The Exorcist” to “The Addams Family” to “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” to “Young Frankenstein” to “The Shining” to “Hocus Pocus” to “Halloween” and all its subsequent sequels.
And that’s just to name a few.
All of the films listed above have validity on this day of Trick-or-Treat: October 31st/All Hallows’ Eve. Last year’s post was dedicated to the Disney staple, “Hocus Pocus.” A truly great, fun movie. This year, the focus will be on the complete opposite end of the scary spectrum.
It’s the classic Halloween movie. Literally.
Have a Fun and Scary Halloween!!