12 November 2012

Kids Horror Blogfest: HOCUS POCUS

BIG THANKS to Tromeric a.k.a Eric Martin from "Guts & Grog Reviews" who invited me to participate in his "Kids Horror a.k.a Horror with Training Wheels" Blogfest. I chose to watch and review this flick from the early 90s.


Alternate German Title:
Hocus Pocus - Drei zauberhafte Hexen

USA, 1993
Director: Kenny Ortega


I haven't seen this movie before, and honestly, I would have never watched it if I wasn't invited to Eric's blogfest. Why? Simply because it didn't interest me. Apart from several exceptions ("The Goonies", "The Witches", "Monster Squad"...) I've never been into kids movies, especially not into the Disney stuff.
When Eric invited me, I was like "Oh no! Not kids movies!" But at second thought, it couldn't be worse than all the crap I watch for "Project Terrible", and so I decided to check "Hocus Pocus" out - and omg, I ended up pleasantly surprised!

Kenny Ortega, the hack behind teenie schlock like the "High School Musical" trilogy, directed a playful, lighthearted and amusing kids comedy, based on a script by Mick Garris ("Masters Of Horror") and Neil Cuthbert ("Return Of Swamp Thing"). At times a bit cheesy, some of the CGI looks pretty dated and I could have done without the singing - aside from that, it's fun!

"Hocus Pocus" is pure entertainment from beginning to end without ever getting boring. It's packed with hilarious dialogue and superfunny one-liners, cool ideas and great-looking make-up effects. John Debney ("I Know What You Did Last Summer") delivered a fantastic score that strongly reminded me of Danny Elfman's works, Hiro Narita's ("No Man's Land") cinematography is beautiful, the settings look great and the editing is superb.

The cast is obviously the best thing about it: an uber-fabulous Bette Midler ("I shall kill you again, you maggoty malfeasance!"), a surprisingly super-hot and super-sexy Sarah Jessica Parker ("Farewell, mortal bus-boy!"), a fantastic young Thora Birch, years before her super-stunning role in "The Hole" ("Max likes your yabbos... in fact, he loves them!"), Omri Katz ("You've messed with the great and powerful Max!"), Charles Rocket ("It's not dad. It's Dad-cula.") and Doug Jones ("Wench! Trollop! You bucktoothed, mop-riding firefly from hell!!").

Hands down, "Hocus Pocus" is a delightful little fun-flick and I'm almost ashamed that I've never been interested in watching it. Thumbs... um, Brooms up! :)


  1. Oh God, I love this movie! It's a fun kiddie flick! You should try The Witches!

    1. Like I mentioned above, I've seen "The Witches". Dantastic but extremely underappreciated film.

    2. huh, hey look at that! you did saw the witches! must've missed that. ah well! *tosses a whiskey bottle for no reason*

  2. Awesome review, Maynard! I had a feeling you'd like the "yabbos" line! Haha. I like the bullies getting their comeuppance and fearing for their "chungs". ;)

    I wasn't a 'Sex and the City' watcher, so consequently, I'm not a Sarah Jessica Parker worshipper, but I agree, she looks gorgeous in this movie. Being a sexy witch obviously suited her.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the movie! I know we've discussed this before, but it's the sort of film that should simply be embraced for what it is... fantastic, cheesy, Halloween fun! :D

    1. LOL the "yabbos" line was brilliant, but I also enjoyed most of the other lines. Haha, the bullies were hilariously silly :-)

      Not a SATC watcher either, and I'm actually not a fan of Parker, but here she's just fantastic.

      Yeah, you nailed it. It is what it is... cheesy but highly enjoyable Halloween fun!

  3. Forget kids movie, I STILL love this little flick. So cute and entertaining. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are hilarious and are really having a good time here. I always thought it was maybe a little too old for some kids because of all the "virgin" talk, though!

    1. Yeah, I thought the same. Maybe that's why we enjoy it so much :)


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