Three witches are resurrected on Halloween night and only two
teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat can save the town.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Written by Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert, David Kirschner
Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Omri Katz, Thora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, Sean Murray, Doug Jones
Another classic case of not doing too hot when originally released in theaters, but gaining a massive cult following due to numerous television airings and home video releases. I originally saw Hocus Pocus on TV one day as a kid and quickly fell in love with it. To this day, it's still one of my all time favorite movies. A movie that I look forward to watching with my own family someday.
The three witches are played to perfection by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker. All three actresses are wonderful in their roles and a hoot to watch. One of my all time favorite scenes involving the witch sisters being when they sing "I Put A Spell on You." It's undeniably catchy and the actresses do a phenomenal job. The teenage cast is also good in their respective roles. They play a group of kids who are generally likable and easy to root for. Hocus Pocus tends to be a surprisingly dark movie for Disney, something you would think would prove detrimental to the picture. Luckily, the darker elements work in its favor, giving it a sense of spookiness that younger horror fans will appreciate.
As a horror fan in my youth, Hocus Pocus quickly pulled me in and never let go. Something that has continued to this day as a young adult. It has quickly become a holiday staple for me and something I always look forward to watching. Considering its massive cult following, I'm not the only one.