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Is hocus pocus or labyrinth scarier?

17 replies

frogswimming · 02/10/2020 10:58

For a drive in movie for the whole family?

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Stompythedinosaur · 02/10/2020 11:07

Labyrinth is very family friendly, I think Hocus Pocus is a bit scarier. Common sense media recommends Hocus Pocus is suitable from around age 10 (i looked if up recently when planning out halloween viewing).

Fooshufflewickbannanapants · 02/10/2020 11:07

Depends on the age of the kids tbh, I would choose labyrinth every time simply due to Mr B's trousers aesthetics Blush

Soubriquet · 02/10/2020 11:08

Depends on the age of the child and how they cope with scary things

My two are 7 and 5 and love hocus pocus

NameChange84 · 02/10/2020 11:18

I found Labyrinth scarier but not too scary at all when I was a child. They are both equally good. I see Hocus Pocus as a bit more “fun” and traditionally Halloween in style but loved Labyrinth from being about 6 or 7 basically because I was fascinated by David Bowie’s aforementioned “aesthetic”!

I recall saying to my friend’s mum “that man makes me feel really funny in my tummy, like scary and hyper!” and she knowing replied “yes, David Bowie is gorgeous, he makes mummies feel funny in their tummies too” Wink.

Going to google drive in Labyrinth now!

frogswimming · 02/10/2020 11:38

I've never seen hocus pocus. I've seen labyrinth and it does seem a bit scary. They are also not very keen on any retro films I try and inflict on them (muppets, goonies, ghostbusters etc). They think they are from the olden days. So maybe hocus pocus is a better bet.

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Scbchl · 02/10/2020 11:41

I dont consider either scary and my kids have been watching and loving both since they were tiny. They both have quite a few funny parts. I wouldn't consider the Labrynth a Halloween film, so I'd go for Hocus Pocus.

NameChange84 · 02/10/2020 11:45

Will they be ok with Hocus Pocus then? It’s nearly 30 years old...

frogswimming · 02/10/2020 11:48

It seems a bit less old fashioned looking than labyrinth?

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NameChange84 · 02/10/2020 11:53


It seems a bit less old fashioned looking than labyrinth?

Yeah, I find Labyrinth quite stereotypically 80s and Hocus Pocus (well the scenes with the kids mainly) more early 90s in aesthetic. If they are ok with films like Home Alone and Curly Sue and that sort of thing then they would probably be ok with Hocus Pocus.
SoddingWeddings · 02/10/2020 11:55

Labyrinth terrified me as a child and I still can't watch it. Love Hocus Pocus.

frogswimming · 02/10/2020 11:56

They like home alone. I think hocus pocus is funnier too?

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Dementedswan · 02/10/2020 11:56

Hocus pocus scared my then 6 year old... he wouldn't go upstairs without us for a while.

SleepingStandingUp · 02/10/2020 11:58

If they won't me l watch Goonies, is sell them at the market and spend the money on popcorn at Labyrinth

NameChange84 · 02/10/2020 11:59

Yeah Hocus Pocus is funny and the witches are really quirky, there’s some singing in it and good characters. If they like Home Alone definitely go for Hocus Pocus it’s definitely of that sort of a 90s family entertainment genre.

Gin4thewin · 02/10/2020 12:02

Both films are my absolute favourites, billy in hocus pocus gave me nightmares for years though. Id say labyrinth in the safe bet

HDready · 02/10/2020 12:11

If you go for Hocus Pocus you may need to explain what a virgin is, depending on the age of your kids. Only a virgin can light the black flame candle to bring the witches back and I remember being very confused by what this could possibly mean as a child!

WinifredSanderson · 02/10/2020 13:28

Never thought either were scary tbh, but my kids were watching both of them at 2 or 3 and now they watch things like Annabelle and Insidious. But as a Sanderson sister, I have to recommend Hocus Pocus if you've never seen it 🎃

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