It’s just a bit of Hocus Pocus! It seems like each year more and more people are professing their love for 1993’s Hocus Pocus. The funny thing is that this movie was not a hit when it was first released, actually far from it! With talk of a new Disney Plus movie coming out (Hocus Pocus 2), what better time than now to watch this spooky Halloween Disney classic?
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To stream or to download the movie, from a digital store, click on the Download button at the end of this review. And if you like dark fantasy movies, check out also The Nightmare Before Christmas. And of course, don’t forget that Hocus Pocus 2 has been released as well.
The Movie Review
The movie is originally set during the day of the Salem Witch Trials. The Sanderson Sisters are three witches that are causing trouble. A young girl is taken by the witches so they can steal her youth. Her brother, Thackery tries to save her, but he is turned into a cat for his troubles. The Sanderson sisters are caught and hung, but before they die, a spell is cast that says they will be resurrected when a virgin lights their black flame candle.
The movie jumps forward to modern times, well 1993 modern, but you know what I mean. The Sanderson Sisters are a bit of local folklore and their house is now a tourist trap. A teenager called Max has moved to this town with his folks and his sisters and he is not too happy about it.
He ends up getting made to take his annoying little sister trick or treating. By the way, I thought this kid was a brat back when I watched this as a kid and I still think she is now. They end up running into a girl called Alison who Max has a crush on. One thing leads to another and they end up at the Sanderson Sister’s house and Max lights the candle!
The three sisters come back and want to take over the town once again. It is up to Max, Alison, his sister, and the talking cat that is Thackery to try and put a stop to these witches. The story is a charming family Halloween tale and while you can see where it is going a mile off, it is still very good fun.
The three Sanderson Sisters played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are fantastic. As a teenager, I had such a crush on Sarah Jessica Parker in this movie. The thing with the sisters is that there is not a weak link they work so well together that the movie would probably not be as good if just one of them was missing.
One of the things I thought was great about the movie was the way the Sanderson Sisters react to being in this new time. Seeing them use a vacuum as a flying broom and thinking that the trick or treaters are actual monsters is hilarious stuff indeed. As well as the witches, the kid actors in this movie do a fantastic job too and more than hold their own.
Hocus Pocus is a great Halloween movie. It is a movie that we watch every year and it has not gotten old yet. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and it is good, classic Disney fun. I really do hope that the new one can live up to the hype that people have for it.