Hocus Pocus (movie)
|Directed by||Kenny Ortega|
|Produced by||Steven Haft
|Screenplay by||Mick Garris
David M. Evans
|Story by||David Kirschner
Sarah Jessica Parker
|Music by||John Debney (Score)
James Horner (Song)
|Editing by||Peter E. Berger|
|Studio||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 16, 1993|
|Running time||96 minutes|
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 | edit 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 | edit source]
Theatrical[change | edit source]
Hocus Pocus was released in the United States and Canada on July 16, 1993. It opened in fourth place with $8.1 million. 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. The film was released to foreign markets in October 1994.
Home video and television[change | edit source]
The movie was released to VHS in North America on September 9, 1994. and later to DVD on June 4, 2002. It continues to show strong annual sales. It ranks in more than $1 million in DVD sales each October. On September 4, 2012 Hocus Pocus was released by Disney on Blu-ray for the first time.
Cast[change | edit source]
- Bette Midler - Winifred Sanderson
- Sarah Jessica Parker - Sarah Sanderson
- Kathy Najimy - Mary Sanderson
- Jason Marsden - Voice of Thackery Binx (voice)
- Omri Katz
- Thora Birch
- Vinessa Shaw
Awards and nominations[change | edit source]
|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|
|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|
References[change | edit source]
- "Box office information for Hocus Pocus". Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=hocuspocus.htm. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
- "The Top Movies, Weekend of July 16, 1993". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/weekly/1993/19930716.php. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
- "The Top Movies, Weekend of July 23, 1993". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/weekly/1993/19930723.php. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
- Amazon - Hocus Pocus (1993)
- "Hocus Pocus - DVD Sales". The Numbers. http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/1993/0HOPO-DVD.php. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
- "Upcoming Disney Catalog Releases for 2012". Blu-ray.com. http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=8386. Retrieved 2012-03-16.