Review: Hocus Pocus in Focus by Aaron Wallace

Title: Hocus Pocus in Focus – The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic

Author: Aaron Wallace

Pages: 208 Pages

Publisher: Pensive Pen Publishing

The Blurb

The Hocus Pocus “BoooOOOoooK” Fans Have Been Waiting For…

In the first and only book ever written about the beloved 1993 Halloween movie, Aaron Wallace takes readers deep into the world of Hocus Pocus to learn everything they never knew. He provides a lighthearted but scholarly look at the film in its all spooky-kooky glory.

You’ll learn:
* Mind-blowing theories about the plot, the characters, and more
* The fascinating history behind “Come, Little Children (Sarah’s Song)” and “I Put a Spell on You
* How Steven Spielberg shaped the movie
* Why there’s all that talk about yabbos and virgins
* How Hocus Pocus got away with being the edgiest Disney movie ever made
* What happened to the movie’s deleted scenes
* Whether a sequel is really going to happen
* And much, much more

Featuring a foreword by Golden Globe nominee Thora Birch (Hocus Pocus‘s Dani), afterword by Mick Garris (the film’s writer and producer), and the largest collection of Hocus Pocus fun facts and trivia ever assembled, this is the ultimate unofficial fan guide for Halloween and movie lovers everywhere. Finally, Hocus Pocus is celebrated as the classic it’s become. You’ll love the movie more than you ever knew you could.


The Review

When I was ten years old my older sister and I went to the cinema to see Hocus Pocus. We loved it. 25 years later, my three year old niece loves the movie. Recently, she watched it five times in one day. Even me – a self confessed superfan – have never done that (I watched the first three showings with her but the last two she watched with my sister.) It is the movie of my youth and it has aged so well.

I really loved Hocus Pocus in Focus because it gave me a new way to love the movie. In got to see all the nuances of how it was filmed. I got to peek behind the curtain and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact it just made me love it more.

Aaron Wallace knows his stuff. You can see how much he loves Hocus Pocus by the way he decries people who try to belittle it. What Wallace doesn’t know about Hocus Pocus really isn’t worth knowing.

After reading Hocus Pocus in Focus I was filled with a sense of nostalgia and whilst I watch this movie every week with my obsessed niece, this book made me want to watch it again. I could be cheesy and say that the book put a spell on me….wow that was cheesy.

Bygones. If you love Hocus Pocus you will love this book.

Hocus Pocus in Focus – The Thinking Fans Guide to Disney’s Halloween Classic by Aaron Wallace is available now.

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