31 days of hocus pocus

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31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN: DAY 30

Hocus Pocus (1993)

I put a spell on you and now you’re mine.

You can’t stop the things I do, I ain’t lyin.’
It’s been 300 years, right down to the day.
Now the witch is back…and there’s hell to pay.

I put a spell on you and now you’re mine…

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31 Days, 31 Childhood Favorites | day twenty-seven
Hocus Pocus

There’s not much to say about Hocus Pocus. It generally speaks for itself as one of the films most associated with Halloween by just about everyone of a certain age. Lately it seems like that nostalgic reverence has bubbled over into near-hysteria with rumors of a sequel as well as a really fun live show at Disney’s parks. In an interview in 2008, Bette Middler stated that out of all her films, Hocus Pocus was her favorite. I’d like to think that means she’s down for round two, but one can only hope.

Y'all, I got all the things to say about Hocus Pocus, but first I gotta go out for drinks, which I’m sure will make my subsequent posts even more hilarious and insightful (read: bumbling and sleep).

But first, let’s talk for a minute about how the witches’ motivation throughout the entire film is not only to live forever, but to be young and beautiful forever. On two separate occasions, both Thackery Binx and Dani tell the witches that they are ugly and will always be ugly, because that’s the worst thing they can think to tell them, and the worst things the witches can imagine hearing. COME ON. I am overwhelmed by how problematic this is/all the things I can think to say about it. But, more importantly, beers!