Disney+’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ tells the story of the Sanderson sisters who are the baddest witches to ever exist in Salem. Their sole purpose in life is to catch children, eat their souls, and nurture their youth. After being hanged for their crimes, the witches are resurrected three hundred years later. Hocus Pocus 2 picks up the events of the story twenty-nine years later. Expanding on the mythology of the Sanderson sisters, he places more curses and spells on Salem, until someone finally stops the witches. The film is very enjoyable to watch, and if you want to see other films in the same vein, we have some suggestions for you. Here are the movies similar to Hocus Pocus that you can watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services.
7. The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
‘Hocus Pocus 2’ gives audiences the backstory of the Sanderson sisters, revealing the event that led to them becoming witches and haunting Salem for centuries to come. If you want a movie that focuses on the origin story of witches, then The Witches of Eastwick should be your next movie. The film follows the story of three women who want a lot for themselves. They share their deepest desires with each other, and when a mysterious man comes to town, everything they’ve ever wished for begins to come true.
6. Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1993)
Starring the Olsen twins, ‘Double, Double Toil and Trouble’ follows the story of two seven-year-old girls who uncover a dark secret about their beloved aunt. It does indeed turn out that their real aunt has been imprisoned by her twin sister Agatha, who has more evil plans in store. It is up to the young girls not only to save their aunt but also to prevent her evil twin from wreaking more havoc which is sure to destroy their family.
5. Halloween Town (1998)
In Hocus Pocus 2, it is revealed that a witch’s magical powers in a girl are revealed when she is sixteen years old. The film takes place on Becca’s birthday, who realizes that she really does have magical powers. In Halloweentown, the age bar is lowered to thirteen. The film follows the story of a girl named Marnie. On her thirteenth birthday, she discovers that she is a witch and that there is a secret portal to another world where all monsters live, far from humans. As usual, her journey begins as an adventure, but trouble is always around the corner.
4. Nightbooks (2021)
Based on the children’s book of the same name, ‘Nightbooks’ follows the story of a boy, named Alex, who finds himself in a situation where telling scary stories is the only way to survive. A witch named Natacha traps him in her magical apartment. The place travels around the world, picking up children. If they don’t prove useful to Natacha, they meet a horrible end. Alex has always had a penchant for telling scary stories and Natacha orders him to tell her a story every night. The condition is that the stories must never have a happy ending. While trying not to get killed, Alex tries to find a way out of this impossible situation.
3. ParaNorman (2012)
In ‘Hocus Pocus’, when the Sanderson sisters are executed by the townspeople, they cast a curse that ensures the sisters will eventually be brought back. A similar situation opens the ParaNorman events. 300 years ago, a witch cast a spell on the town of Blithe Hollow. Every year, Norman’s uncle would cast a spell that prevented the curse from destroying the town. This year, however, he dies and leaves the responsibility of completing the spell to Norman, who already has a lot on his plate. He is an outcast and has the ability to speak with the dead. The origins of the spell, however, reveal more to him about its secret power.
2. Coraline (2009)
Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s book of the same name, ‘Coraline’ follows the story of its titular heroine who discovers a parallel world, where the Others live. At first it is an exciting adventure for the girl, but soon more infamous things about this new world appear. Coraline is similar to Hocus Pocus in that both films have very dark backgrounds. The child-eating witches that roam the city are enough to terrify a child. While the humor serves as a shock absorber for the horror in ‘Hocus Pocus’, ‘Coraline’ is much more sinister and spooky, making it a perfect Halloween movie.
1. The Witches (1990)
The Sanderson sisters may have a grudge against the whole town of Salem, but they seem to have a particular interest in children. For them, the little ones are nothing but food to satisfy their hunger for eternal youth. This aversion to children is explored with much stronger emotion in The Witches. Based on the story of the same name by Roald Dahl, it centers on three witches who have sworn to turn all the children in the world into mice. A young boy discovers their plot by chance and decides to stop them with the help of his grandmother.