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Review: Hocus Pocus 2 - The Witches Make A Lively Return

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The nostalgia for “Hocus Pocus” has always been a bit of a mystery to me. 

There is nothing new about kids loving mediocre films and carrying that soft spot into adulthood, but I was in the right demographic when “Hocus Pocus” came out in the summer of 1993 (age 9, approaching third grade) and remember it being just OK. 

This is not a testament to my taste at the time, when I thought “Grease 2” was one of the best movies ever, but more so indicative of the undeniable averageness of “Hocus Pocus.” I don’t think it was just me, either. Aside from Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Amok! Amok! Amok!” entering our vernacular, it was not a movie any of my peers were eager to watch again. And yet, much to my bewilderment, “Hocus Pocus” became a thing over the years. My best guess is it was some combination of its relentless availability crossed with a lack of PG-rated Halloween content. Plus, there is the intro-to-camp factor of Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as singing sisters bent on eating children to preserve their youth.

 

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To me, the original is one of those things that signify a time of year. It's on, it's definitely Fall. I'll watch it, if only because nothing else is on.

Has anyone seen the sequel yet? If so, what did you think?

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6 hours ago, Chris said:

To me, the original is one of those things that signify a time of year. It's on, it's definitely Fall. I'll watch it, if only because nothing else is on.

Has anyone seen the sequel yet? If so, what did you think?

I just recorded the original movie to watch this weekend.  My favorite scene is the adult Halloween dance party.  Hocus Pocus 2 will be next.

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I guess she changed her mind.  I wonder why.

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1 hour ago, Ann said:

I guess she changed her mind.  I wonder why.

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