Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

DVD - 2002
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Three witches from the 17th century are conjured up in modern-day Salem and it's up to Max and his friends to put a stop to the witches' mischief and right the wrongs the witches created 300 years ago.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Video, 2002
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780788816925
0788816926
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ho
Description: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: PG

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petal2014
Nov 27, 2017

The movie has its dry moments, but for the most part, it is cute.

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MB333
Nov 08, 2017

I don't know why everyone always talks about how much they like this movie. The acting is atrocious. I was cringing the entire time and I couldn't wait until it was finished.

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KMH1993
Oct 31, 2017

One of my all time favorite movies to watch on Halloween! It has something that everyone can love.

Library_Jill Jul 07, 2017

A Halloween classic featuring three not-too-scary-but-often-entertaining witches bringing mayhem to Salem in their efforts to stay alive by sucking the life-force out of Salem's children. Amazingly, I never saw this one as a child, and watching it as an adult, I couldn't decide whether I would have been frightened by it--as I was by "Ghost Busters II"--or thought this was the greatest Halloween movie ever. My favorite parts were the cat and Allison's sweater--yay '90's style!

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Human1
Nov 01, 2016

Easy, fun, sometimes funny, enjoyable Halloween movie. Not a horror or scary movie, not for adults, although some may enjoy it. (We watch it every year around Halloween.) Also not for very young children.

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fhotografer
Nov 01, 2016

Never saw this on cable or regular TV (even on VHS!) in the 90's. Thought this Halloween would give it a go. I believe the hype set me up for disappointment. Serviceable Halloween kiddie fare. Nothing too scary, although the bus driver scene(s) threw in some subtle adult banter that might raise eyebrows with some alert parents.

LPL_KimberlyL Sep 22, 2016

This is one of those movies you have to watch around Halloween! Some locations in the movie were actually filmed in Salem, which gives an authentically spooky feel to the story. Just as good as when I was a kid!

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puzumaki
Aug 06, 2015

This is a classic 90s movie but fun for Halloween. Try to watch it every year in October.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

It’s Halloween night and in the town of Salem a young man tries to scare his little sister and impress his potential new girlfriend by goofing off in a supposedly haunted house. Unfortunately his actions resurrect the evil Sanderson Sisters: Winnie, Mary, and Sarah (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker), three women condemned as witches three hundred years earlier. With just one night to ensure their newfound immortality by sucking the life force out of Salem’s children the bumbling crones immediately set about weaving their blackest spells. But the kids manage to steal Winnie’s book of magic and aided by an enchanted cat and a friendly zombie they’re determined to prevent the sisters from carrying out their heinous plan until dawn when the sun’s rays will destroy them forever. Chockfull of the usual sentimentality and pretend peril Disney is famous for, Hocus Pocus plays more like a theme park attraction than a motion picture with Parker and Najimy hamming it up as if waiting for a third stooge and Midler in full hag drag delivering a family friendly version of her Divine Miss M schtick. However, despite the foolish pratfalls and cloying sweetness there are a few decent chuckles that rise above the primary school level and the special effects are certainly passable—Najimy flying through the air on an old Hoover was a particularly nice touch. A seasonal cult mainstay guaranteed not to give the little ones nightmares nor tax grandma’s pacemaker.

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Ferrous1
Aug 24, 2014

So much fun. My favourite Halloween movie.

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black_panther_948 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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