It was 1993 when a movie introduced the Sanderson sisters to world. A trio of witches who invade Salem in modern times (well, 1993 standard times), and while Hocus Pocus is not billed as horror movie it is a great movie to watch around Halloween. I know in our household we tend to watch it the week before Halloween.
The movie is heightened by the incredibly fun performances given by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. Without those three I’m not sure this movie would have been successful. The majority of the younger cast members are a little rough around the edge.
The opening sequence leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. That is until the Sanderson sisters make their debut. Then we’re back to some rough acting, especially the bullies. Once Max (Omri Katz) awakens the sisters the movie really takes off in a good way.
My personal favourite scene is when the sisters meet up with Gary Marshall dressed as the devil thinking he’s the master of all evil. It’s comedy gold.
The movie has been around long enough that very few people don’t know what they are in for. So, on Day 24 of our 31 Nights of Halloween I highly recommend this family friendly lighthearted horror comedy.