Welcome to the Witching Hour. This is the time when shadows gather to hide the monsters watching as you pass. The breeze carries whispers from souls long dead and humans must share the Earth with creatures from other realms. Join The Inner Circle every midnight in October as we bring you a list of thirty-one monstrous experiences that just might leave you wondering if you are truly alone in the dark.
Spoilers for those who have yet to watch.
One movie above all truly brings out the Halloween spirit in all of us. Some people think it could be Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street. That assumption is wrong, the movie is the Disney classic, Hocus Pocus. The story revolves around the Sanderson sisters ( Bette Midler,Kathy Najimy,and Sarah Jessica Parker), three witches who were hung for kidnapping and draining the life out of a young girl. These three witches were hung in Salem in the year 1693.
The witches are brought to the present-time Salem (1993) to find a new world with plenty of young children filled with life energy that they could steal. Now that is just the short way to describe this classic. This is how the movie was originally intended to play out. Having more of a focus on the witches than the kids that awaken and become the heroes of the story.
One thing you can’t ignore is the young cast of characters who place their own lives in danger to save the children of Salem. Thackery Binx (Sean Murray) is the young boy we meet at the beginning of the movie who chases the witches to their home in 1693. Unable to save his sister, he is turned into a black cat by the sisters and has to live forever trapped in this form. It isn’t until the year 1993 that a young virgin by the name of Max Dennison (Omri Katz) comes to town to unknowingly awaken the three sisters from their cursed (un)death. In order to act cool after having a tough time moving from Los Angeles to Salem, Max attempts to appear suave in the face of romance.
The young girl, Allison, (Vinessa Shaw) brings Max and his younger sister Dani (Thora Birch) to the old Sanderson home which is now just an old museum. Max lights the candle and then the three Sanderson Sisters appear before them. To continue and ruin the rest of a classic movie is something I will not do.
One of the reasons this movie works so well is the setting of Salem. During the current events the movie is set during another Halloween. Children are out Trick or Treating and the parents are enjoying a little party of their own. During these events the whole town becomes oblivious to the resurrection of the sisters. All of the children in the town are at risk and the only ones that can stop anything bad from happening are Max, Allision, Binx the Cat ( Voice by James Marsden), Dani and a friendly zombie named Billy (Doug Jones).
Hocus Pocus has been the subject some talk about making a sequel in the past few years. I honestly don’t think this series needs any more movies. The one classic is just enough for everyone to enjoy. This movie is just as important to fans for Halloween as A Christmas Story is to people who enjoy the Christmas Holiday.