Which Witch is Which?

Hocus Pocus is likely Disney’s most well remembered Halloween movie. It wasn’t well received at first, but over time it gained a cult following. Unlike most people my age, I didn’t grow up watching Hocus Pocus. Though I always saw TV spots for it as part of Freeform’s (then ABC Family) “13 Nights of Halloween.” Which makes sense considering the movie has Halloween written all over it. Eventually I did watch Hocus Pocus years later and I had mixed feelings about it. The story is your typical 90’s kids movie set up. A boy and his family move to a strange new town were he immediately gets bullied and forms a crush on a local girl. The inevitable supernatural threat is a coven of witch sisters who threatened the town of Salem years back. The performances of the witches are a clear highlight. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the other one (just kidding, Kathy Najimy) are all acting as over-the-top as possible. As a Disney movie, it’s a little mature. They use the word virgin a lot, which is weird for a kids movie. But at least there’s a talking cat and a poppy rendition of “I Put a Spell on You.” Hocus Pocus nevertheless works as a fun nonsense Halloween movie. One that many fans will enjoy watching every October.

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Mary (left), Winnie (center), and Sarah Sanderson (right)

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