Hocus Pocus is to Halloween what Home Alone is to Christmas. Easily one of, if not the greatest Halloween movie ever made, Hocus Pocus focused (wow, see that little rhyme right there?) on the story of a teenage boy named Max who hates Halloween. Unintentionally, Max resurrects three witches, aka the Sanderson Sisters. The plot thickens and Max has to face danger in order to protect his sister and battle the witches with the assistance of an immortal black cat and his classmate/crush. It’s almost as if we must watch this every year or it isn’t officially Halloween. The critics bashed this movie but it’s developed quite a cult following regardless. As a kid I didn’t notice it but for a children’s movie, this really pushed the envelope. I mean witchcraft and hangings are what the movie kicks off with which is pretty intense if you’re a youngin’. Still, watching it now also allows you to appreciate several lines and parts that are as hilarious now as they were during our youth which is what makes this film so timeless. Also, isn’t it remarkable how good Sarah Jessica Parker looks in this movie? It is from 1993 so she was much younger then, but the 28 year old Sarah Jessica was quite the looker. Aside from her attractiveness the film offers entertainment, laughs and most importantly, Halloween Spirit.
SIDENOTE: I am not a cat lover in the least bit but I feel like I’ve shed a tear or two (or eighteen) over the years watching Binx die. I know his soul was finally freed and he could be with his family and all that jazz but still, that ending scene got me every time.