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Monday, November 2, 2020

[Horror Queers Podcast] ‘Hocus Pocus’ as Queer Gateway Horror

Ah say ento pi alpha mabi upendi.

After last week’s episode on Trick ‘r Treat, what better way to wrap up October than quintessential comfort horror film, Hocus Pocus?

Before anyone protests that the Kenny Ortega-directed film isn’t a horror film: consider that this children’s film kills off a little girl less than five minutes in.

The reality is that Hocus Pocus is a great example of gateway horror for kids. It’s also a super, super queer film: Bette MidlerKathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker are campy drag queen icons, the film hinges around a Final Boy’s virginity and it even has a quippy cat.

In the film, the Sanderson sisters are notorious witches who are hanged to death, but reawaken three hundred years later thanks to a curse that allows them to wreak havoc on Halloween. All that stands between them and the death of every virginal child in Salem are smart Allison (Vinessa Shaw), annoying Max (Omri Katz) and plucky kid sister Dani (Thora Birch).

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Episode 97 – Hocus Pocus (1993) feat. Laura Di Girolamo

‘Tis time, sistahs! For our Halloween episode, we’re riding our vacuums to Salem to hang out with the Sanderson Sisters. Along for the ride is Laura Di Girolamo, co-director of The Bloody Mary Film Festival and self-proclaimed Hocus Pocus obsessive (how many times has she seen this?!)

We’re running amok, amok, amok praising Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and never-more-beautiful Sarah Jessica Parker, while throwing shade at Thackery Binx’s work ethic and Omri Katz’s atrocious Final Boy, Max.

Plus: Joe’s theory about virginity (courtesy of Aaron Wallace’s Hocus Pocus in Focus), Kenny Ortega’s history as a queer activist, the functionality of hair curlers and Trace’s argument that the film is legitimate gateway horror (child death!)


Cross out Hocus Pocus!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re sticking around Salem with an audio version of our Salem Horror Fest episode on Copycat because the film is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week!

– Joe & Trace

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for tons of additional content! We’re starting November off with an episode on The Witches and coming up we’ll cover The Craft: Legacy, The New Mutants and Run, as well as an audio commentary on The Purge: Election Year, which could be the best or worst decision depending on how the election goes tomorrow.



source https://bloody-disgusting.com/podcasts/3639450/horror-queers-podcast-hocus-pocus-queer-gateway-horror/

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