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Hocus Pocus

  • 1993
  • PG
  • 96min
  • 30%
  • 6.8 / 10

A trio of witches that were executed 300 years ago are resurrected by a teenage boy named Max, releasing them in modern-day Salem. It is now up to him, his girlfriend Allison, and his younger sister Dani to save all the kids in town.

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Hocus Pocus may not have enjoyed acclaim when it was released, but it is still going strong at 25 years, with many still celebrating it by watching the film every Halloween. A lot of things contributed to the film’s cult classic success. One such is Bette Midler’s performance as Winifred Sanderson and the memorable dialogue that was cooked up by her and the writers. Many of her quips were taken from dictionaries that contained old-timey curse words. Another instance of good dialogue improvisation was from Doug Jones’s character as Billy the zombie. When it was time to cut his mouth open and shout at Midler’s character with bad words, Jones replaced it with the iconic “Wench! Trollop! You buck-toothed, mop-riding, firefly from hell!”. And as icing on the cake, because the film featured musical numbers, Sarah Jessica Parker actually lends her own singing voice to “Come Little Children”. Previously fans speculated about her performance, but Parker had played Annie on Broadway and more recently, a role on Glee!.

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Hocus Pocus is a comedy horror film from director Kenny Ortega. It stars the trio of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, who play mischievous witches resurrected by a teenager in Salem. Producer David Kirschner came up with the film when he spun a tale he told his young daughter about their neighbor’s black cat that was once a boy who was transformed into the feline by three witches. The film was released during the summer of July 16, 1993 – a strategic decision from Disney not to release it during Halloween when they premiered The Nightmare Before Christmas. Despite not being a critical or box office success, the film has become a cult classic due to its annual showing on the Disney Channel.