Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Scary (silly) song of the week: Special edition

The best part about Halloween is always the holiday specials. And when you don't have cable, you are forced to buy them all on DVD. But the best part about that is that you don't have to wait until Halloween rolls around again to watch them.

So it's been Halloween special month in our house. We've already burned through "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "Casper," and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Today I made the collection complete by picking up "Hocus Pocus" at Target for $10.

Now, this 1993 Disney spook-special is not scary, by any stretch. It's pretty ridiculous, really, with one of those nice feel good endings. But it also has some seriously under appreciated scenes. Starring Bette Midler, Sara Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, it was also one of the first big roles for Thora Birch, who went on to thrill us all as kind of a skank in "American Beauty."

I have a theory that Bette Midler has it written into her contract that she gets to sing in every movie she's in: Have you seen "The First Wives Club"? What is the point of the "You Don't Own Me" sequence if not just to showcase her voice? And as long as she's not singing "Wind beneath my wings," it's just fine.

So tonight I give you this clip from "Hocus Pocus," my favorite Halloween special. And, this is just a great Halloween song. If you're partying it up this year, make sure to put it in your playlist so people can get their boogie on.

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