Hocus Pocus 1993

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(126) IMDb 6.6/10
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Three hundred years after they were sentenced to die in Salem, a trio of witches return to gain their revenge. Terrorising the town's trick-or-treaters on Halloween, riding on vacuum cleaners instead of broomsticks, the only thing that can stop them is a black cat - in fact a boy who was turned into feline form on the day of the witches' original execution.

Starring:
Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Hocus Pocus

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Comedy
Director Kenny Ortega
Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy
Supporting actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Vinessa Shaw
Studio Disney
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
The film itself deserves five stars, fantastic story, fantastic acting, great special effects and starring the imitable Bette Midler. What lets the DVD down is that it is cut by about 5 minutes from the VHS version. These cuts are by Disney themselves and NOT the BBFC. These scenes were not shocking or violent but added comic genius to the plot. One of the scenes cut shows you how the witches decide what to use as broomsticks, such as a vaccum cleaner, to fly on when it becomes obvious to them their broomsticks, al but Winnie's, have dissapeared.

It would be interesting to discover why Disney choose to edit these scenes out rather than just release the VHS version, with the same certification.

However this said Hocus Pocus is a fantastic family film and you could do worse than buy this DVD. Enjoy it for all it has to offer. Good clean fun!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. Hazelhurst on 29 July 2006
Format: DVD
Youve gotta love Hocus Pocus! Its a classic Disney film, Great to watch at anytime of the year...not just halloween (Thats a note for you, the TV Companies that only show it at Halloween Time) With great characters, great actors, humourous storyline, brilliant songs and just a plain old disney classic for any age! Must watch! Buy it now if you dont own it!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2006
Format: VHS Tape
I absoloutly love Hocus Pocus, even now in my 20th year of life its still a favourite to watch on Hallowe'en night.

Winifred (Bette Midler), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker)Sanderson are the three wicked Witches stalking Salem, Massetchuses and sucking the lives out of the little children in a bid to make them young again. However, they are eventually caught and hanged by the Salem townfolk after sucking the life out of Emily Binx and turning her brother Zackery (or Thackery) into a talking, immortal cat.

Fast foward 300 years and a young sceptic and new kid on the block Max Dennerson along with his eight year old sister Danni and school friend Alison, goes to the old Sanderson house in order to impress Alison, whom he really fancies. However, despite Alison's warning, Max manages to resurrect the witches by lighting the black flame candle that brings them back to life when lit by a virgin on Hallowe'en night...

A thrilling chase around the town ensues as Max, Alison and Danni must stay one step ahead of the witches in order to save the Salem children from having the lives sucked out of them. If the witches can steal the lives of children they will live forever, but if not, then when the sun rises they are dust. But how can Max, Danni and Alison make the sun rise and rid Salem of the Sanderson Sisters once and for all...?

This great spooky Disney Hallowe'en film but I'd recommend it for slightly older children as Billy, the long dead lover of Whinnie Sanderson being summoned from his grave is actually quite scary, and this spooked me out even aged 10 when I saw it for the first time (OK I admit I'm a whimp!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mooch on 21 Jun 2006
Format: DVD
I recently re-discovered this film and have to say that I enjoy it just as much now, aged 16, as I did when Bette Midler's showstopping rendition of "I'll Put a Spell on You" was first imprinted on my brain at the tender age of six. Sure, it does drag in places (the child actors are not exactly brimming over with charisma...) and the marked, albeit supremely camp, wickedness of the witches may be too much for some younger children to handle, but for sheer entertainment value this film is hard to beat.

It has a surprisingly interesting plot and all three Macbeth-style witches (the mythical "Saunderson sisters") light up the screen whenever the camera falls on them. In particular, the incomparable Bette Midler is outstanding as the eldest witch (she steals the show with the aforementioned rendition of "I'll Put a Spell on You"), although Sara Jessica Parker (of Sex and the City fame) is also fabulous as the child-tempting youngest sister- I really didn't have to suspend much belief when her creepy "Come Little Children" siren song lured the entire youngest generation of Salem from its beds!

I babysit for a great many children and have yet to come across one whom this film is unable to charm.

So, if you're looking for a fun Halloween (or indeed, any time of year) movie that the whole family will enjoy, you can't go far wrong with this one

And it stars BETTE MIDLER... as a WITCH!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. James Peter George Sheppard on 28 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
I watched this film alot when I was younger, now I'm 20 and I watched it again on TV yesterday. Suprisingly enough I still enjoyed it. Full of decent effects, music and some hillarious dialogue between the three witches. Plot revolves around Max, a new kid in town whose moved with his family. On Halloween night, he, his sister and his new friend Alison obliviously ressurect the Sanderson sisters, witches of the 17th Century who were hung.

It is obvious that the witches have such good chemistry together off film because it shows on screen. If you watch this film for one reason, watch it for them, particularly Bette Midler's performance is Winefred Sanderson, which is her on top form in my opinion, including her rendition of 'I put a spell on you'.

I never found this film scary even as a child, and if I can still enjoy it at 20, it makes good viewing for everyone.
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