A Texas mother has warned American families that watching Hocus Pocus 2 could result in evil spells being cast in their homes – and potentially even open the gates of hell.
Jamie Gooch, 33, of Troy, has urged parents not to let their children watch the PG-rated movie Hocus Pocus 2, which premiered on Disney+ September 30 to huge anticipation, with original stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy all returning .
‘A worst case scenario is: You unleash hell on your kids and in your home,’ the mother-of-three told KWTX.
Seemingly on the verge of tears, Gooch continued: ‘It grieves me, the thought of exposing our kids to darkness.’
The family has not celebrated Halloween in ‘four or five years,’ Gooch revealed. She is a conservative Christian who runs a farm with her husband. They celebrate harvest each year – but not Halloween itself.
In a Facebook post, which has since been made private, Gooch encouraged other mothers to be the ‘gatekeepers of our homes,’ saying she wanted to ‘sound the alarm’ on the new movie to ‘protect’ children.
Jamie Gooch, 33, has railed against Hocus Pocus 2, claiming that watching the movie could open the gates of hell and send demons into unsuspecting Americans’ homes
‘After all, the whole movie is based on harvesting the purity of children’s souls so that witches may live on…What is happening when we watch these films? What are we subjecting our minds to? What are we welcoming into the homes of our families?’ she asked in the Facebook post on September 26.
The Texan went on to say that the ‘truth’ about witches and warlocks in the ‘satanic church’ is that they ‘abuse and sacrifice children in their “spiritual rituals.”‘
Gooch believes that simply watching a film about witches and spells could implicate viewers in their evil doing, even when it is fictional.
‘So before you hit play on the night of the premier of this movie, please ask yourself if not only your mind, but your children’s minds, are strong enough to ward off the hypnotization and bewitching trance that will be coming through your screen to help the desensitization of the coming evil in this world,’ she wrote.
‘Don’t fall victim to the schemes of hell.’
She went on to say that she ‘fell into the trap a time or two’ and had to endure ‘spiritual warfare’ because of it.
The mother told KWTX that she’s personally seen how things on TV have become ‘manifested in real life,’ but did not elaborate on her previous experiences with witchcraft.
Gooch, pictured with her husband and young children, has not celebrated Halloween for the last five years over fears doing so could bring evil spirits into her Texas home
Hocus Pocus 2 premiered on Disney+ on September 30, to huge anticipation. It is a sequel to the 1993 cult classic, with Sarah Jessica Parker (left) Bette Midler (center) and Kathy Najimy (right) all reprising their roles as the evil Sanderson sisters
‘Everybody thinks it’s fake and innocent, but they could be casting any type of spell that they want to, anything could be coming through that TV screen and into your home,’ she told the local outlet.
She encouraged others to ‘take in all the options’ and to ‘overthink’ things to make sure mothers are keeping their children safe.
Since posting the now-viral monologue, Gooch has received plenty of criticism, but others have come to her defense.
As I leaned closer to the Holy Spirit I began to see things differently. Halloween wasn’t just an innocent day anymore, but a very important day for Modern Witches and Satanic sacrifice,’ fellow mother Krista Mainard wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
‘The innocent movie I once watched was not innocent anymore, as I remembered the entire emphasis of the movie was to take the souls of children. What about my children?’
However, many took ghoulish delight in mocking the two mothers, claiming they were ‘gullible,’ ‘stupid,’ and ‘bat s**t crazy.’
Since the movie’s release, Hocus Pocus 2 has cast a spell on many Disney+ viewers.
The film, a sequel to the cult classic 1993 film starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, has become the number one film to premiere on the streamer in the United States to date.
It tells the story of the three evil Sanderson sisters, witches murdered during the Salem Witchcraft Trials, reincarnated by a book of spells to seek revenge in modern-day Massachusetts.
The feat is ‘based on hours watched domestically in the first three days’ after its debut, according to the announcement made by Disney+ on Tuesday.
Fans have been giving the film the thumbs up after its release on Friday.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler reprise their roles as the diabolical Sarah, Mary and Winifred Sanderson in the spooky comedy.
In the new chapter, three young women light the black candle, bringing the Sanderson sisters to modern-day Salem. The teens must figure out how to stop the witches, who try to eat kids as if they were candy corn, from wreaking havoc on the world.
The film received a 61-percent rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s not keeping die-hard fans from falling in love with the sinister sisters all over again.
The original film was released in July 1993 and was a box office flop, but eventually drew a loyal fanbase when it was re-released in theaters during the Halloween season and that base grew even larger after the movie made it to TV screens.
In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Kathy Najimy, 65, said, ‘when it came on TV, it was more accessible to the whole family overnight, and the generations kept showing it.’
Sarah Jessica Parker, 57, agreed, ‘What is so wonderful and feels so good is that the audience has become so diverse for this. People have integrated this into their lives — families and children and babysitters and grandparents and the LGBTQ-plus community. It’s just remarkable.’
Bette Midler, 76, believes the message of joy will resonate with fans new and old, ‘and it’s so wholesome… it’s even more wholesome than the last one.’