I’ll be the first to admit there is something strangely awesome about the casting for Disney’s “Hocus Pocus”. I hadn’t see the film in the “Sex and the City” years that have followed Sarah Jessica Parker’s atomic rise to fame, but decided to buy the film this year after being unable to get it from Netflix after a month of it sitting on the top of my queue. I managed to pick up the film for about $5 at a local grocery store and was pleasantly surprised that my nearly 20-year-old memory of the film held up after all these years.
Funny, charming and non-threatening “Hocus Pocus” is definitely a film that you can watch with your entire family this Halloween season. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll be bored. Performances by Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy are delightful. Sarah Jessica Parker, as, “the sexiest” (hey Disney’s words, not mine) Sanderson sister banished from the realm of the living during the dark, witch-infested times of old Salem, evokes early traces of Carrie Bradshaw as she stops from behind a bush and says “I smell … boys…”
The film puts a comical, sometimes out-loud-laughable spin on the trio of Salem sister-witches, who were kidnapping children to suck out their life force so that they might stay young … well, younger … forever. After being banished from the realm of the living, they are brought back one Halloween night, 300 years in the future, by a virgin. It could only be a virgin. A virgin lighting a magical candle. Typical Disney. Who else could take seemingly dark subject matter and turn it into a delightfully feel-good family movie?
“Hocus Pocus” will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year and I hope Disney will mark the occasion by bringing the film out in an anniversary package complete with a digital high-def clean up and bonus materials.
Explore more –
Online: Hocus Pocus on IMDB
Watch the trailer: Hocus Pocus trailer