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Year
1993
Runtime
96 min.
Director
Kenny Ortega
Genres
Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Rating *
6.8
Votes *
70,585
Checks
12,093
Favs
586
Dislikes
139
Favs/checks
4.8% (1:21)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. thaisquisito's avatar

    thaisquisito

    Classic 11 years 11 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Hocus Pocus is a fun Halloween movie in which some kids accidentally release a trio of witches from the ether so they can be free to suck the life force of children. Generic teen Omri Katz, Hilary Swank lookalike Vinessa Shaw, a tiny Thora Birch, and a talking cat must stop them before sunrise. Also watch for Doug Jones as a zombie. Played for laughs, my one wish is that they'd actually made it into a musical. Aside from spell-casting rhymes, there are two bonafide musical numbers rather late in the film, one by Bette Midler, the other by Sarah Jessica Parker, and leaning more into that (as it often seems to want to) would have made the whole thing more of a lark. As is, the witches are sometimes completely out of their depth in the 20th Century, while other times able to make jokes like they know the 90s well. Approaching pantomime, the comedy is fairly broad, but also ghoulish. There's no gore per se, but gruesome deaths do occur, and there's a lot of dialog referring TO gore, so this is definitely one to enjoy with kids who like to be a little scared and are fascinated by the gross and creepy stuff. And at its heart, though there's young love blossoming between Max and Allison, the real love stories are between big brothers and their little sisters - that's who Max has those story beats with - which is a nice family film take on the old cliché. 2 years 3 months ago
  3. jhhayes's avatar

    jhhayes

    Along with Halloween, a must watch every year on Oct. 31st. 9 years 10 months ago
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