Hocus Pocus (1993)
“I put a spell on you and now you’re mine. You can’t stop the things I do. I ain’t lyyyyyin” sings the witch Winifred in this classic family movie. Hocus Pocus stars the ever-divine Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are inadvertently resurrected by a cynical teenager, his younger sister, and his crush. With a comical and musical element to this family-favourite, Hocus Pocus is a definite must-watch.
Synopsis: After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all. (source: imdb.com)
5 Fun facts about Hocus Pocus
During a February 10, 2008 interview on the BBC show “Breakfast”, Bette Midler stated that out of all of her films, this was her favorite.
The script was written as a Disney Channel Original Movie; however, it caught the eyes of a few bigger studio heads at Disney, and they felt it was strong enough to carry a good theatrical performance.
During a 20th anniversary screening of Hocus Pocus, Doug Jones (“Billy Butcherson”) revealed the moths that come out of his mouth at the end of Hocus Pocus are real and not CGI.
Several scenes appear in the original trailer that are not included in any theatrical, VHS, or DVD version of the film. They include the kids attempting to push the witches into a pool, the witches being surrounded by trick-or-treaters holding out their hands, and Mary snacking in a grocery store only to be dragged out by Winifred.
The role of Max Dennison was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, but was given toOmri Katz when DiCaprio turned it down to appear in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape(1993).