Hocus Pocus

July 16th, 1993


Hocus Pocus

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After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.1/10 (23,914 voted)

Director: Kenny Ortega

Stars: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy

More than 300 years ago, 3 witches were sentenced to die in Salem, Massachusetts and a boy was turned into a cat (a black cat, naturally). Now it's Halloween, and the witches (who fly on [I kid you not] vacuum cleaners) are back. This time, they've got their eyes on immortal life and have turned their wrath on trick-or-treaters and it's up to the 300-year-old cat to save the day.

Writers: David Kirschner, Mick Garris

Bette Midler - Winifred 'Winnie' Sanderson
Sarah Jessica Parker - Sarah Sanderson
Kathy Najimy - Mary Sanderson
Omri Katz - Max Dennison
Thora Birch - Dani
Vinessa Shaw - Allison
Jodie Rivera - Emily Binx (as Amanda Shepherd)
Larry Bagby - Ernie / 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
Tobias Jelinek - Jay
Stephanie Faracy - Jenny Dennison
Charles Rocket - Dave Dennison
Doug Jones - Billy Butcherson
Karyn Malchus - Headless Billy Butcherson
Sean Murray - Thackery Binx
Steve Voboril - Elijah

Taglines: It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Release Date: 16 July 1993

Filming Locations: Ballroom, Park Plaza Hotel - 607 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,125,471 (USA) (July 1993)

Gross: $39,514,713 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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.

Revealing mistakes: When the Winifred is looking through her spell book, you'll notice the page to the left of the potion page is the same page to the left of the "Black candle" page.

[the spell is broken as the party guests come out all beat and sweaty]
Jenny: [singing and laughing] I put a spell on you...
Dave: And I thought L.A. was a party town.

User Review

The critics couldn't be more off-target!

Rating: 10/10

While I've been enjoying this film for years, I only recently decided to read some reviews for it, and am shocked! The truth is, this film is a wonderfully comical and charming tale of three Salem witches that are resurrected by a teenage boy, who, with the help of his little sister and love interest, must try to stop them from stealing the souls of children. This movie really sparkles in the representations of the witches, who are all cast perfectly. Bette Midler provides for a hilarious and almost frightening Winifred (the leader), Sarah Jessica Parker shines as the sexy, dim-witted Sarah, and Kathy Najimy is marvelous as the funny, perky Mary. What makes the film even better is that there are two stunning musical numbers--Midler's delightful "I Put a Spell on You" and Parker's hypnotic "Come, Little Children." Ignore the critics, "Hocus Pocus" is perfect not only for Halloween, but for any time of the year!


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