Hocus Pocus (movie)

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Hocus Pocus
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Produced by Steven Haft
David Kirschner
Screenplay by Mick Garris
David M. Evans
Neil Cuthbert
Story by David Kirschner
Mick Garris
Starring Bette Midler
Sarah Jessica Parker
Kathy Najimy
Omri Katz
Thora Birch
Vinessa Shaw
Music by John Debney (Score)
James Horner (Song)
Cinematography Hiro Narita
Editing by Peter E. Berger
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release date(s) July 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28 million
Money made $39,514,713[1]

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American family fantasy horror comedy movie. It was directed by Kenny Ortega. It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. The movie is about a family of witches, known as the Sanderson Sisters. They were resurrected by a teenager named Max (Omri Katz) along with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and girlfriend Allison (Vinessa Shaw). The movie received negative reviews from movie critics. However, it performed well in theaters where it gross $39,514,713. After the movie was released on home video, it received a cult following.

Plot[change | change source]

Three sisters, who are witches, are sentenced to death in the 17th century. They returned 300 years later because of a curse by Winifred Sanderson (Bette Midler). Three kids try using a chant to stop them from scaring modern-day Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween. They plan to turn immortal with the lives of modern day trick-or-treaters.

Release[change | change source]

Theatrical[change | change source]

Hocus Pocus was released in the United States and Canada on July 16, 1993. It opened in fourth place with $8.1 million.[2] The movie grossed $5.2 million in its second week. The movie fell out of the top ten, ending its domestic box office run with $39.5 million.[1][3] The film was released to foreign markets in October 1994.

Home video and television[change | change source]

The movie was released to VHS in North America on September 9, 1994.[4] and later to DVD on June 4, 2002.[5] It continues to show strong annual sales. It ranks in more than $1 million in DVD sales each October.[5] On September 4, 2012 Hocus Pocus was released by Disney on Blu-ray for the first time.[6]

Cast[change | change source]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Association Category Result
1994 Saturn Awards Best Actress — Bette Midler Nominated
Best Supporting Actress — Kathy Najimy Nominated
Best Supporting Actress — Sarah Jessica Parker Nominated
Best Fantasy Film Nominated
Best Special Effects Nominated
Best Costumes Won
Young Artist Awards Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Thora Birch Won
Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Vinessa Shaw Nominated
Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Omri Katz Nominated
Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Motion Picture Comedy — Sean Murray Nominated
Best Youth Actor in a Voice Over Role - TV or Movie — Jason Marsden Nominated

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