It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus.
After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it us up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.
I used to watch this, happily, every year, since it came out. Unfortunately I think this tradition needs to end because I just didn't get the same joy from it this time around, dare I say, I think I've seen Hocus Pocus way too many times. I still love it, but I think I'm going to have to shelve it for the next few Halloweens and just look back on it fondly, I'll be sure to quote it enough to annoy my husband and maybe sing "I Put a Spell On You" like Winifred a few times.."...my name is Winifred..what's YOURS?!"
Long before he terrorised a generation with the High School Musical trilogy, Kenny Ortega was responsible for one of the best Halloween related films ever.
Whilst the plot is flimsy as hell, the whole thing is propelled along by the strength of the performances alone. Midler, Najimi, and Parker shine as the demented Sanderson sisters, taking every chance they can to ham it up. Najimi and Parker in particular show great comedy chops, whilst Bette Midler effectively plays Bette Midler.
There's also strong support from the kids, including a great early performance from indie darling Thora Birch. Plus, who wouldn't want a cat like Thackary Binx?
Basically, this is a film for the child in all of us, no matter what time of the year.
If Sarah Jessica Parker is the hottest one in your little trio, you know you've got to be a pack of ugly witches.
Sorry, somebody had to say it.
An entertaining Disney movie about three witches that suck the life forces from children to stay forever young. They are executed by the villagers of Salem and then brought back to life in 1993. You know I have to admit that Sarah Jessica Parker never looked better than when as a witch.
Shut up, it's tradition.
I literally do the best Sarah Jessica Parker impression from this movie.
Shame not enough people have seen it to understand that when I rub my hands over myself and go "Come Little Children," I'm not dangerous.
Θα μ'αρεσε πιότερο αν το ΄χα δει μικρότερο.
Good natured fun, but slight in the scheme of things. Needs the bite that Roeg gives to The Witches
Seems a little dated now, but that's the fun of it.
Simply the best Halloween movie ever made. Funny and spooky with a great story and amazingly entertaining characters. A definite classic and always a joy to watch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"Hocus Pocus" is decent. I think this movie was over hyped by my teacher who presented the film to me. My gripes with the movie is that it is EXTREMELY cheesy. The dialogue, direction, and acting were off and felt over exaggerated. "Hocus Pocus" feels like a made for TV movie by acting standards. The whole concept is original which is good enough for people to enjoy the film and watch it. The make-up is really good for the witches. I was persuaded at times that the witches were ACTUAL witches (just kidding, I just wanted to compare them to say how good it was). For a film in 1993 I give it credit for the visuals as well. There…
Just the best Halloween film ever.
Dark family fantasy horror about a teenage virgin who resurrects three evil witches. With his sister, high school crush and a talking cat they are tasked to stop them before its too late. A children's film that should keep them entertained with some laughs, great special effects and artistic flare. As always, the adults never listen in these films so don't take it too seriously. Probably one of the best Halloween films for children. Starring Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as witches, Oh and Sarah Jessica Parker as a nymphomaniac with magic.
What more can be written about this stone-cold Halloween classic? If you ain't down with it, GTFO.