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All The Ways 'Hocus Pocus' Is The Best Halloween Movie Ever Made

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No October is complete without a viewing of Hocus Pocus. It's not only among the best Halloween movies ever made, but the film's heady blend of capital-A acting, scary witchcraft, and adult subtext turns a pretty basic story into a cult classic.

Before it went into production, the Hocus Pocus movie was only meant to be a Disney Channel special that played in October. But according to the documentary Hocus Pocus: Begin the Magic, someone at Disney read the script and realized how good it was. Instead of falling through the cracks, it ended up being a showcase for Bette Midler, Thora Birch, and Sarah Jessica Parker – not to mention that cat.

Hocus Pocus wasn't a hit when it was released in 1993, but it's become a minor sensation since. Part of that is due to the movie's wickedly subversive streak. Hocus Pocus features a lot of sex, straight up child murder, and a very fresh take on witchcraft. It's an anomaly among Disney’s filmography, and that’s what makes it so good.

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