Hocus Pocus – Why Do so Many Gay Men Love it? (I’m being serious and not insulting)


What is the big appeal to the movie Hocus Pocus? By no means am I putting it down, I enjoyed it as a child and I have rewatched it as an adult. It was very entertaining. But I do not consider it a classic movie that I watch every Halloween. In fact, I think I’ve only seen this movie two times. What I don’t understand the most is that many gay men consider this a classic movie to watch every Halloween. Where is the gayness in this movie? Or is it just a movie that coincidentally has a gay following?

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The reason I bring this up is because today I have seen 8 people on my Facebook feed post about Hocus Pocus and that they are excited about not only watching the original Hocus Pocus and about a potential sequel in the works but also because of a Hocus Pocus live show on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. Apparently this an actual show that was done at Walt Disney World. Which that I admit does sound cool.


But I still do not see the appeal in the movie. Maybe because I don’t get excited about Halloween as much as many of my friends do. I put on many costumes during the year for conventions and I consider Halloween more as a day to take it easy and let everyone else costume and show their talents. I usually end up watching -It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and pig out on Halloween candy that I don’t give to Trick-R-Treaters. Hey, you know that movie horror movie- Trick R Treat – is a pretty damn good movie.

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Anyways, I digress. Why do so many gay men love Hocus Pocus? I am legitimately asking. Again, I mean no disrespect, it is an entertaining movie. But I honestly do not see the big appeal about it. It’s definitely cute and very fun for kids. Is there something that I am missing as a gay man? Granted, I am sure not all gay men like this movie. It just seems as though a large majority do consider it a great flick that get very passionate about in their own way.

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2 comments to Hocus Pocus – Why Do so Many Gay Men Love it? (I’m being serious and not insulting)

  • Avatar Christopher-Rex Sico  says:

    It’s about the campiness, Paul. High camp is very gay.

  • Avatar ALEX  says:

    I will say that I am a huge fan of the movie myself. I think the success of the movie is based off the fact that it emerged during the latter half of the Disney Renaissance, typically people only associate Disney’s animated movies to this period, but I feel that even a majority of the live action movies they produced during that period benefited from the creative resurgence that occurred.

    As far as the gay following that the movie has I think a lot of that can be associated to Bette Midler and her performance in the movie.

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