Plot: After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.
What better month to finally watch Hocus Pocus? Following news of an imminent and probably unnecessary sequel, combined with the onset of Halloween, I knew I had to finally sit down and watch this favored and loved cult classic. It was a completely different movie than I thought it would be! The acting of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy is amazing and hilarious. Sarah Jessica Parker in particular surprised me. She’s just Carrie Bradshaw in my mind, and I couldn’t see her as something else. Well, as the beautiful, crazy and really damn weird Sarah Anderson she was all the levels of entertaining – such an inspired and crazy performance. The three actresses as the Sanderson sisters work great together; they share symmetry in their movements so accurate it is almost like watching a dance routine. Realizing that Sean Murray – always Timothy McGee in NCIS to me – is the poor Thackery Binx also gave me such delight.
I really enjoyed the performances by the Sanderson sisters and how ridiculous they were and still so nastily evil, but I did find the story just a bit lacking. There isn’t always too much structure, but even with this flaw I still had a really entertaining time with it. It’s the generic “the youth defeats the evil” storyline, and while you would just love to question everything about it, I suggest you don’t, and watch Bette Midler with really weird dentistry enchant you and make you cackle with glee.
Have you seen Hocus Pocus? Let me know what you thought!
Awesome review Natasha! I know it has its weaknesses, but this has always been a guilty pleasure for me that I have to indulge in every October.😊
Thanks Kim! I get why it is a cult classic – the three leading ladies are a feast to watch! I might watch it every October now too!
I’ve heard so many good things about Hocus Pocus. Didn’t know there was going to be a sequel tho (but why am I not surprised?). And let me just make the announcement that “Thackery Binx” is now officially the best name of any character in anything ever made. 🤣
They must make for everything a sequel 😦
Hahah. I agree! It is an excellent and inventive name!
I’ve never seen it and I think it’s time as well! I had to read twice when you mentioned Sarah Jessica Parker. For me, just like you, she is just Carrie Bradshow.
I was very freaked out to see her in anything else 🙂
Great review friend, and glad you enjoyed this even if you didn’t love it. I should rewatch it again sometime.
You should friend! I thought the performances were great, and it’s again that pesky thing that if I watched it as a younger person I would have probably loved it so much more!
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