Director: Kenny Ortega
Writers: David Kirschner/Mick Garris/Neil Cuthbert
Producers: Steven Haft/David Kirschner
Starring: Bette Midler/Kathy Najimy/Sarah Jessica Parker/Omri Katz/Jason Marsden/Thora Birch
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 96 minutes
Since I was a child, I have always had this tradition to watch Hocus Pocus. The funniest thing is, I don’t even know where this tradition came from as my family or hardly any of my friends had never seen the movie before, I just found myself watching the movie every time it’s Halloween and I’m actually quite proud to say that, after about ten years, I have never broken this tradition…and I still haven’t as I have seen the movie today. So for those of you who have no idea what Hocus Pocus is about, it’s about Max, a teenage boy who tries to impress Alison, the girl of his dreams and a firm believer of everything to do with Halloween, by accidentally reincarnating the Sanderson sisters, three witches who lure children to their cottage and suck their souls to stay immortal. So first, the most noticeable thing about Hocus Pocus is, of course, the Sanderson sisters, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. I would like to applaud whoever casted these three as the witches because they did a fantastic job as their characters. They were funny and delivered their lines well. The acting wasn’t too bad but I’m not saying it was good either, there were a couple of actors who were quite bad but luckily enough, they weren’t any of the main characters so you didn’t see them for long. The main characters were good but the Sanderson sisters stole the entire show.
The story is good for the children and adults as long as they don’t expect it to be up to their usual Disney standards. As much as I loved Hocus Pocus as a child (and I still do now), this isn’t the same quality Disney usually give out with other movies such as Beauty and the Beast or Mary Poppins. However, the story is still a good one and the writing is great and really knows it’s target audience. You can certainly say that Hocus Pocus is cheesy but it’s very good fun and a good laugh as well. It’s great for a family movie and really does the job in entertaining children and adults alike. Also, the song Sarah Jessica Parker sings is actually quite haunting and it still has a creepy feeling to this day!
Make no mistake, Hocus Pocus doesn’t have the best acting or the best story but there’s a charm about it that makes you smile from time to time and is something that’s enjoyable. It’s just a feel-good movie to get kids and adults into the Halloween spirit. There’s a few movies for families to watch over the Halloween period such as Coraline, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Monster House but if you want laughs as well, Hocus Pocus is the way to go. For me, it’s a classic and I will most probably always watch it when Halloween comes around.