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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.
Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me SICK!
The best movie of my Childhood :D
Sometimes you return to a film you used to love as a child and the magic is just gone. Well, for me, this is one of them.
You know what? Holds. Up.
Classic Halloween film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Από τις ταινίες που-δεν ξέρω πώς, αλλά-σου αφήνουν μια υπέροχη αίσθηση όταν τελειώσουν, κι ας μην ενθουσιάζεσαι τόσο σε όλη τους τη διάρκεια. Ναι, "παιδικές αναμνήσεις" το λέμε αλλιώς.
This movie's really a lot of fun. I don't think they could have done better than Midler, Parker, and Najimy for the witches (somehow Najimy puts me in mind of Grandpa from the Munsters in this). Larry Bagby is a great asshole poser kid, and Garry Marshall is great as somebody who's mistaken for Satan.
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