‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops Vudu’s List of Most Watched Halloween Movies




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For five years in a row, Hocus Pocus has topped Vudu’s list of most popular Halloween movies on the video-on-demand service. The 1993 comedy has conjured up a place in tradition as viewers flock to rewatch it each year.

“As many entertainment fans bring their Halloween festivities home this year, there’s no shortage of spooky content to suit every taste, from recent hits to cult classics,” says Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “While written off as a box office bomb when it first debuted nearly three decades ago, ‘Hocus Pocus’ has since gone on to become a new classic as the top Halloween perennial and the most-watched Halloween movie on Vudu for five years in a row.”

Vudu is home to a huge collection of scary, spooky, and Halloween themed movies for you to rent or buy this October. Hocus Pocus is now available on Vudu and on FandangoNOW in 4K and on sale for $9.99.

Take a look at Vudu’s top twenty most-watched movies during Halloween week over the last five years:

  1. Hocus Pocus
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  3. Beetlejuice
  4. Casper
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Poltergeist (1982)
  7. Zombieland
  8. Hereditary
  9. Halloween (2018)
  10. The Shining
  11. Trick ‘r Treat
  12. Midsommar
  13. Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
  14. Ma
  15. It (2017)
  16. Death Becomes Her
  17. Us  
  18. Child’s Play (1988)
  19. Get Out
  20. Halloween (1978)

Not only is Hocus Pocus the most-watched on the list, it also made the number one spot for Top Family-Friendly Halloween movies, according to Vudu’s survey of more than 2,000 viewers. The film fans’ ages ranged from 18-34 and were surveyed during the first week of October. Below are the results of the survey. You can watch them on the “Frightful Fan Favorites” section on Vudu here.

Fan Picks by Genre:

Top Family-Friendly Flicks:

  1. “Hocus Pocus”                                            
  2. “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
  3. “The Addams Family” (1991)
  4. “Casper”
  5. “Hotel Transylvania”
  6. “Coraline”                                 
  7. “Corpse Bride”
  8. “Goosebumps”
  9. “The Haunted Mansion”
  10. “Monster House”

Top Horror Comedies:

  1. “Ghostbusters” (1984)
  2. “Beetlejuice”
  3. “Zombieland”
  4. “Shaun of the Dead”
  5. “Gremlins”
  6. “Scary Movie”
  7. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
  8. “Young Frankenstein”
  9. “Happy Death Day”
  10. “Little Shop of Horrors” (1986)

Top Classic Slashers:

  1. “Halloween” (1978)
  2. “Scream”
  3. “A Nightmare on Elm Street”
  4. “Psycho” (1960)
  5. “Friday the 13th” (1980)
  6. “Saw”
  7. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)
  8. “Child’s Play” (1988)
  9. “I Know What You Did Last Summer”
  10. “Black Christmas” (1974)

Top Zombies/Undead Thrillers:

  1. “The Cabin in the Woods”
  2. “28 Days Later”
  3. “Resident Evil”
  4. “Dawn of the Dead” (1978)
  5. “The Evil Dead” (1981)
  6. “Pet Sematary” (1989)
  7. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968)
  8. “Train to Busan”
  9. “World War Z”
  10. ”I Am Legend”

Top Occult Films:

  1. “The Exorcist”
  2. “Midsommar”
  3. “Hereditary”
  4. “The Conjuring”
  5. “The Craft”
  6. “The Omen”
  7. “The Witch”
  8. “Rosemary’s Baby”
  9. “Drag Me to Hell”
  10. “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”

Top Psychological Thrillers:

  1. “Get Out”
  2. “Silence of the Lambs”
  3. “Gone Girl”
  4. “Split”
  5. ”Us”
  6. “Se7en”
  7. “Black Swan”
  8. ”10 Cloverfield Lane”
  9. “The Invisible Man” (2020)
  10. “The Gift”

Top Found Footage & Live Webcam Thrillers:

  1. “Cloverfield”
  2. “Paranormal Activity”
  3. “Blair Witch Project”
  4. “Unfriended”
  5. “V/H/S”
  6. “Searching”
  7. “The Last Exorcism”
  8. “As Above So Below”
  9. “REC”
  10. “Creep”

Top Home Invasion Movies:

  1. “The Purge”
  2. “Panic Room”
  3. “Don’t Breathe”
  4. “The Strangers”
  5. “The Purge: Election Year”
  6. “When a Stranger Calls”
  7. “Hush”
  8. “You’re Next”
  9. “Silent House”
  10. “Wait Until Dark

Top Haunted House & Ghost Stories:

  1. “The Sixth Sense”
  2. “The Shining”
  3. “The Ring”
  4. “Insidious”
  5. “The Grudge”
  6. “Poltergeist” (1982)
  7. “Candyman”
  8. “The Babadook”
  9. ”The Haunting”
  10. “Crimson Peak”

Top Animals Run Amok Thrillers:

  1. “Jaws”
  2. “The Birds”
  3. “Anaconda”
  4. “47 Meters Down”
  5. “The Shallows”
  6. “Arachnophobia”
  7. “Crawl”
  8. “Willard” (2003)
  9. “Deep Blue Sea”
  10. “Eight-Legged Freaks”

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