In 1993, Disney released a Halloween movie so fantastic, that every channel on TV plays it before Halloween. I am of course writing about Hocus Pocus.
The plot of this movie is very simple. There is a teenaged virgin named Max (Omri Katz) who moves from California to Salem, Massachusetts. He does not want to live there, and is less than a fan of Halloween as a celebration. His younger sister, however, loves it!
Max is forced by his parents to take his little sister Dani (American Beauty’s Thora Birch) out trick-or-treating on Halloween night. During the candy-hoarding, Max runs into his school-boy crush Allison (Vinessa Shaw) who is enticed by the story of the Sanderson Sisters. Of course, the Sanderson sisters are three witches, and who Max believes to be just an old wives tale.
When the three of them go visit the old ‘Sanderson House’, they discover the candle which would bring the sisters back to life if lit by a virgin. Max lights the candle, creating havoc in Salem 300 years after their last appearance.
Max, Dani, and Allison (along with a 300+ year old cat named Binx) try to stop Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) from sucking the life out of the children of Salem to become younger and live forever.
In the end, as it is with all Disney movies, the witches are defeated and the guy gets his gal.
This movie is one of my favorites for many reasons. First, let’s just get this out there… this is Sarah Jessica Parker’s only good movie. If you disagree, you probably love Matthew McConaughey too… which is your prerogative… but you are probably missing some chromosomes.
Secondly, the fact that Max is in high school and is a virgin speaks loudly of the time this was filmed. It was funny back then, but now a days, this would be hilarious! Living so close to Detroit, I can honestly say that it is a blessing when there is a middle school aged kid who hasn’t been corrupted yet. I like the 90s vibe… and also the large amounts of Flannel used. (No Lumberjacks were harmed in the making of this film.)
And finally, this movie is one of my favorites because it is the only horror movie that I love to death and also can watch with anyone! When I am watching SAW III and my nephew comes over, it must be immediately turned off, as he is a 4-year-old. However, I find that if you look at sheer movie enjoyment and quality, SAW III and Hocus Pocus are both equally as entertaining. This is the ultimate Halloween-themed family movie.
Overall, Hocus Pocus is no doubt a 5/5 in my book.
Just to make you feel a little bit creepy… here’s Dani all grown up…