There are two types of people in the world: people who watch horror movies all October, and people who watch Hocus Pocus.
Take a wild guess which camp I fall into.
Seriously, guys. This is arguably the best Halloween movie ever made. Its only peers are Beetlejuice, Halloweentown, and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. But while those movies are all pretty good - some might even call them great - they don't hold a Black Flame Candle to Hocus Pocus.
I was kind of a macabre kid, obsessed with all things spooky. I once wrote a persuasive essay to convince my parents that instead of going to Disneyland again, we should consider taking a ghost tour vacation culminating in Salem, MA. (Considering that we lived, like, twenty minutes from Disneyland, they decided to pass on my suggestion and placated me with riding Haunted Mansion five times in a row.) This movie, along with Harry Potter and Roald Dahl's The Witches, was the root of my childhood obsession with witchcraft. I mean, these were some witches you could root for! All they wanted to do was suck the life out of the children of Salem in order to live forever! Kathy Najimy flying a vacuum cleaner is still the funniest image ever!
(Did you know that Sarah Jessica Parker's costume from this movie is on display at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Times Square? It's pretty much the only reason you should ever go to Planet Hollywood.)
Look, I'm sure there are some horror devotees out there who turn up their noses at ostensibly "grown adults" who prefer to spend their season of the witch watching movies about, well, witches. Sorry, guys. Unless you recut Amityville Horror with a Bette Midler musical number, I'm just not interested.