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In the year 1693, 3 sisters, Winifred, Mary and Sarah were executed for their unforgivable witchcraft. One fateful Halloween night, that unpleasant honor went to adorable little Emily Binx, sister of teenage Thackery, who immediately ran to his sibling's aid when he heard she'd been lured by Sarah Sanderson to the witches' home in the woods. This was not a well thought out plan though, and the cost was not only the life of his sister Emily, but his own humanity as well. Emily's lifeforce was drained from her body by the three Sanderson witches, and big brother Thackery Binx was transformed into an immortal black cat, cursed to live forever with the guilt of his failure to save his sister! Luckily for the rest of the children of Salem, the Sanderson sisters were captured that night and hung for their crimes, but not before their living book of spells revealed to them a curse to bring the three back from the dead on All Hallow's Eve when a virgin lights the black flame candle. 300 years later, teenager Max Dennison is a newcomer to Salem, struggling to adjust after growing up in a California lifestyle. It isn't going well for Max. Bullies are stealing his sneakers right off his feet, the girl of his dreams snubs him due to his lack of interest in Halloween, and his little sister, Dani, is ever the pest. Now, he must spend the evening escorting her door to door for trick or treating while their parents enjoy the town Halloween dance. Things are about to go from bad to worse for Max, however. Just when he believes things are looking up after he and Dani convince dream-girl Allison to take them to the old Sanderson house, Max's efforts to impress the girl lead him to light the black-flame candle himself, bringing Sarah, Mary, and Winifred Sanderson back from the dead! From there on out, it's a non-stop, fun-filled chase as the witches pursue the children, determined to make sassy-mouthed Dani the subject of their next youth spell, which must be performed before dawn or else the witches will be gone forever! With the immortal, talking black cat Binx guiding them along, Max, Dani, and Allison work together to outrun, outwit, and outlast the evil trio and their magical arsenal, with the fate of all the children of Salem hanging in the balance!
It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!
Title: Hocus Pocus
Release Date: July 16, 1993
Runtime: 96 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror
Sound: Dolby Digital
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Buried.com Rating: 7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H
MPAA Rating: PG
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language.
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
Norbert Weisser ...Thackery's Father
Kathleen Freeman ...Miss Olin, Teacher
D.A. Pauley ...Fireman #1
Ezra Sutton ...Fireman #2
Don yesso ...Bus Driver
Michael McGrady ...Cop
Leigh Hamilton ...Cop's Girlfriend
Devon Reeves ...Little Girl 'Neat Broom'
Joseph Malone ...Singer
Jordan Redmond ...Little Angel
Frank Del Boccio ...Lobster Man
Jeff Neubauer ...Boy in Class
Teda Bracci ...Calamity Jane
Peggy Holmes ...Dancer
Jason Marsden ...Thackery Binx (voice)
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Hocus Pocus Horror Film Trailer 1
"I Put a Spell on You"
"I Put a Spell on You"
"I Put a Spell on You"
"Chants and Incantations"
More Movie Taglines:
- It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!
- Winifred Sanderson: You know, I've always wanted a child. And now I think I'll have one... on toast!
Sarah: [singing in the sky] Come little children, I'll take thee away / Into a land of enchantment / Come little children, the times come to play / Here in my garden of magic.
Billy Butcherson: Go to hell! Winifred Sanderson: Oh! I've been there, thank you. I found it quite lovely.
Max: [looking at the salt can] Well, what does it say? Allison: Well, it says to form a circle a salt to protect from zombies, witches, and old boyfriends. Max: And what about new boyfriends?
Emily: Thackery Binx, what took thee so long? Thackery Binx: I'm sorry, Emily. I had to wait three hundred years for a virgin to light a candle.
- When Bette Midler takes the stage at the town Halloween Party, she says "Hello Salem, my name is Winifred. What's yours?". This is a take-off of the famous line, "Hello world, my name is Rose, what's yours?" that is spoken by Mama Rose in the musical "Gypsy". Midler played Mama Rose in the television version, Gypsy (1993) (TV), the same year this film was released.
The role of Max Dennison was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, but was given to Omri Katz when DiCaprio turned it down to appear in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).
The ballad hit "Almost Unreal" by Swedish pop duo Roxette was originally meant to be included in the movie's soundtrack, but it was dropped and used in Super Mario Bros. (1993) instead.
Charles Rocket acquired a certain notoriety for swearing on live television during the final moments of the 21 February 1981 episode of "Saturday Night Live" (1975). There's an in-joke in connection to this, where he says to Max, "Watch your language!".
Omri Katz was unwell at the time of his first audition, and was initially rejected for the role of Max.
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