In honor of Halloween last year, we explored what very well may be the scariest movie of all time. This year, I wanted to really dig deeper into another superlative. Now, the scariest movie of all time is highly subjective. What is scary to some might be hilarious to others; I mean, some people are partial to your garden variety serial killer movies, some like supernatural thrillers and some are into those movies that scare you with the constant tension build up.
However, the greatest Halloween movie ever is none of these things, least of all, subjective. It’s scary, in its own way, and funny and generally amazing.
Ever since it came out 18 years ago, I’ve been a fan. Lest anyone be a movie date freak, I’ll end the suspense: I’m talking about Hocus Pocus.
Yes, Hocus Pocus is the greatest Halloween movie of all time. Starring Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and a bunch of kids (including Thora Burch) who haven’t really been in anything else, Hocus Pocus is frequently seen on Fox Family (and has been on recently as part of the 13 nights of Halloween). The story of three sister witches who have come back from the dead to steal the lives of Salem’s children intersects with the main protagonist, Max, his little adorable sister Dani and his (is there a new word for “crush?”) whatever, his crush Allison.
I’ll spare you the play by play, but I highly recommend Hocus Pocus for Halloween night watching. Is it technically a children’s movie? If you’re going to get all technical on me, then yes, I suppose it is. However, I am (clearly) not above continuing to watch this movie ever year anytime it’s on during October.
If you haven’t seen Hocus Pocus, I’ll leave you with a little taste that will likely leave you wanting more, similar to the feeling you get when you have that first piece of Halloween candy…