Hocus Pocus (1993)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy


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A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.


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31 October 2020 | ryan-10075
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| "Oh, look. Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!"
Saw this during the Halloween season on the big screen it was the second time I have seen it and did not grow up watching it. I must say I enjoyed it even more on my second viewing.

Written by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, based on story by Garris and David Kirschner. It is the story of a young teen named Max (Omri Katz, who I always remember as the kid from EERIE, INDIANA) mistakenly wakes up the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy). Along with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and classmate Allison (Vinessa Shaw) try to stop the sisters from draining the lifeforce out of the children so that they could live forever.

While certainly not scary it does have nice atmosphere and some laughs to be had. I had a smile on my face through much of the film. One problem I did have though was with some of the effects. The effects with Thackery (Sean Murray) being turned into a cat and him running around the rest of the film as a cat just screams 1993 and is no longer effective, but I easily forgave the effects due to other things going on screen. Also starring Kathleen Freeman as the teacher Miss Olin and Garry and Penny Marshall in a funny scene. Supposedly a sequel is on its way.

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Trivia

Brother and sister Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall play husband and wife. He's the one dressed as Satan.


Quotes

Thackery Binx: Emily? Emily!
Thackery Binx: Emily!
Thackery Binx: Elijah! Elijah! Hast thou seen my sister Emily?
Elijah: Nay. But, look.
Elijah: They conjure.
Thackery Binx: Oh, god. The woods!
Thackery Binx: Emily!
Elijah: She's done for!
Thackery Binx: Not yet! You wake my father, summon the others! Go!


Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, Sarah's singing lures Emily to the Sanderson house. Thackery and Elijah don't hear the song but instead see the beam of light coming from the Sanderson house. After Thackery climbs through the window Mary is able to smell him. It is possible that while Thackery is too old to hear the song, he is still young enough to be considered a child.


Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney logo at the start is tinted blue (the one at the end has the usual coloring).


Alternate Versions

When shown on UK television in 2005, all instances of Billy losing his head and stumbling around headless were cut (rendering the credit in the cast to 'Headless Billy' meaningless). Thus, the scene when Billy loses his head and Dani steps out of the protective salt circle to retrieve it for him (giving Winnie the opportunity to grab her) no longer makes sense. It just cuts to a scene of Dani suddenly outside the protective circle and screaming as Winnie swoops down on her from above. Without knowing about Dani retrieving Billy's head the viewer is left puzzled as to why Dani left the circle.


Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Performed by Joseph Malone (as Joe Malone)

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,125,471 18 July 1993

Gross USA:

$44,342,713

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,947,705

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