Halloweentown vs. Casper
Halloweentown is the best feel-good family Halloween movie here, but it gets knocked out by the big budget flick of 1995. Casper takes this one.
Scream vs. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Scream has become one of the first movies you think of when you consider a scary movie (also thanks to “Scary Movie”), and is a classic at Halloween, but the Nightmare Before Christmas is also a heavyweight in its own right, and slightly gets the edge due to its creativity and interesting plot. It moves into the semi’s.
Double Double Toil And Trouble vs. Hocus Pocus
Hocus Pocus immediately gets the popular vote in this one, though Double Double Toil and Trouble has a lasting fan base. It’s not quite enough as the Tanner twins are bumped from the tourney.
The Addams Family vs. Edward Scissorhands
It’s a shame these two movies couldn’t have had a crossover (not out of the question as Tim Burton was originally asked to direct the Addams Family). Edward would’ve fit in great with the Addams Family, and while its a wonderful movie in it’s own right, when it comes to Halloween, the Addams family cruises.
Casper vs. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Loveable Casper and a new star in Christina Ricci made this movie a big success at the box office. It has stuck around and almost always makes the top 10 of “Must Watch” movies at this time of year.
There aren’t many movies it would struggle with on this list, but the Nightmare Before Christmas is one of them. Being a classic simply isn’t enough to advance any further. Casper is eliminated.
Hocus Pocus vs. The Addams Family
The Sanderson sisters are up against Gomez, Uncle Fester, Lurch and the rest of the family in another matchup that would make for a great dinner party.
The Addams Family did significantly better at the box office than Hocus Pocus and is critically far better received, but when it comes down to the best Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus still reigns supreme. They’re into the finals.
The Nightmare Before Christmas vs. Hocus Pocus
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton’s 1993 release is about as unique as you can get with respect to a major motion picture. A stop-motion animated picture with a dark Halloween-Christmas theme and a musical element.
It was a financial success, generating over $76 million on its initial release, and is critically acclaimed.
The film is enjoyed on both holiday seasons, and is considered as much a Christmas movie as it is a Halloween movie.
While it scared the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups out of me when I was a kid, it’s actually a heart warming love story between Jack and Sally with a happy ending.
Ironically, Hocus Pocus was also released in 1993, setting the stage for this matchup over 25 years ago.
It’s an entertaining plot about three witches who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy 300 years after their death in Salem, Massachusetts.
The film was a financial disaster, actually losing Disney money and being poorly received by critics. But when have people ever cared what critics think? After annual airings on Disney Channel, as well as affiliate networks, Hocus Pocus has since developed into an absolute cult classic and always on the list of Halloween movies to watch every year.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is an amazing creative accomplishment, and both movies are Halloween classics, but Hocus Pocus gets the very slight edge in this contest.
It’s difficult to identify what makes a cult classic, but typically nostalgia is a big selling point, and childhood memories are a big reason for this being such a strangely popular film.
I’d also be worried about what the rabid Hocus Pocus fanbase would do to me if they didn’t win.
Your champion – Hocus Pocus.