Hocus Pocus (1993) Movie Review

Hocus Pocus (1993)

1993 | PG | Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
96 minutes /

User Score: 84/100


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Hocus Pocus Review

Synopsis:

After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.

Hocus Pocus (1993) is a 1h 36-min American family fantasy comedy film that I have enjoyed immensely every year since I was in Junior High School. I never grew tired of the movie and looked forward to seeing it every Halloween. It is an old movie but my three boys enjoy the movie as well, and it makes for a great family Halloween movie. Director Kenny Ortega (This Is It (2009), High School Musical (2006), High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)) executed writers David Kirschner/Mick Garris story and Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert screenplay beautifully.

Thackery Binx (Sean Murray - NCIS (2003-2016), This Boy’s Life (1993), Harts of the West (1993-1994)) witnessed three witches taking young Emily away in 1693 Salem, Massachusetts. The three witches are the Sanderson sisters, Winifred (Bette Midler - Fantasia 2000 (1999), Beaches (1988), Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997)), Sarah and Mary. They took Mary to their cottage so that they can cast a spell on her that will let them absorb her youth and make them look young again resulting in Emily dying. The sisters cast a spell on Thackery that transformed him into a black cat after he confronts them.

Sarah Winifred (Sarah Jessica Parker - Sex and the City (1998-2004), Sex and the City (2008), Ed Wood (1994), Sex and the City 2 (2010)) and Mary were caught and hanged, but Winifred’s spellbook casts a curse. The curse resurrects the sisters on Halloween Eve if a virgin lights the Black Flame Candle which resulted in Thackery staying at the cottage to make sure no one lights the candle. Skip to three hundred years later when Max (Omri Katz - Dallas (1983-1991), Matinee (1993), Eerie, Indiana (1991-1992)) and his family moves to Salem. Max and his sister Dani (Thora Birch - American Beauty (1999), Ghost World (2001)) met Allison whose family uses the sister’s cottage as a museum. Max and Dani decide to go to the cottage where Max unintentionally resurrects Winifred, Sarah and Mary (Kathy Najimy - King of the Hill (1997-2010), WALL-E (2008), Sister Act (1992)) after lighting the Black Flame Candle. The three sisters quickly began plotting on how to suck the souls out of the children in Salem. The movie progresses to be an excellent adventure.

The movie had all of the right elements going for it, and everything was almost perfect in Hocus pocus including fantastic performances from all of the actors, excellent editing, fabulous sound, outstanding special effects, magnificent cinematography and good sets. All families should see this movie around Halloween time, and if you have seen it already, then you should give it another chance with a bowl of popcorn.


About Hocus Pocus (1993)

Title: Hocus Pocus
Year: 1993
Runtime: 96 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Reviewer:
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 4.15/5 stars from 31 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 31
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Doug Jones, Norbert Weisser, Kathleen Freeman, Tobias Jelinek, Garry Marshall, Michael McGrady, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Vinessa Shaw, Joseph Malone, Charles Rocket, Karyn Malchus, Daniel Olsen, Steve Voboril, Penny Marshall, Taylor Stanley, D.A. Pauley, Amanda Shepherd, Ezra Sutton, Don Yesso, Omri Katz, Leigh Hamilton, Thora Birch, Devon Reeves, Jodie-Amy Rivera, Jordan Redmond, Larry Bagby, Frank Del Boccio, Jeff Neubauer
Writers: David Kirschner, Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert
Director: Kenny Ortega

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