Winnie's spellbook is seen opening its eye, revealing it is still alive and the witches could possibly return again. Because there are a few complications. The exhausted partygoers, including Max and Dani's parents, oblivious to their enchantment, are freed when the spell is broken. [17] Disney re-released the film on Blu-ray and Digital HD on September 2, 2018, as part of the film's 25th anniversary. There’s the mysterious stranger (Bill Finley), who looks like an extraterrestrial crossed with a Cold War spy. [46][47] A representative for Destination Salem also reported a huge uptick in tourism for the 25th anniversary year, stating: "There’s always been a ‘Hocus Pocus’ component to the visitors to Salem, especially in October. [15] In 2011, an October 29 airing became the lineup's most watched program, with 2.8 million viewers. And there is even the other sister, the other Siamese twin, about whom perhaps the less said the better. Both of them are really fine, but Jennifer Salt is the bigger surprise because she’s so convincing as the tough, stubborn, doggedly persistent outsider. The open spellbook reveals the location of the group, and the witches track them down, kidnap Dani and Binx, and recover the grimoire. [16][34][35] In its 25th anniversary year in 2018, the first week of Hocus Pocus viewings on Freeform averaged 8.2 million viewers. Meanwhile, at the Sanderson’s cottage, Ice and Jay, who previously tormented Max and Dani, remain imprisoned in cages and sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" to pass the time. [37][38], In October 2011, the Houston Symphony celebrated various horror and Halloween classics, including Hocus Pocus, with "The Hocus Pocus Pops. Her response was, "I would love that. ... See more theaters near Henderson, NV Pre-sale Tickets See more pre-sale tickets X. Escaping, Max steals Winifred's spellbook on advice from Thackery, who now goes by his last name of Binx. [28], Gene Siskel, reviewing for The Chicago Tribune, remarked that the film was a "dreadful witches' comedy with the only tolerable moment coming when Bette Midler presents a single song. Inside the Sanderson cottage, now a former museum, Max lights the Black Flame Candle and inadvertently resurrects the witches due to his virginity. The exterior for Max and Dani's house is a private residence on Ocean Avenue in Salem. Production was completed on February 10, 1993. Nine of the cast and crew gathered for the screening, and hundreds of D23 members attended. ", "Sarah Jessica Parker on 'Hocus Pocus 2': "I Would Love That, http://www.aaronwallaceonline.com/book/hocus-pocus-book-thinking-fan-disney/, "Joe Dante And Mick Garris Talk 'Gremlins,' 'Hocus Pocus' Sequel And 'Nightmare Cinema, "Disney Channel working on 'Hocus Pocus' remake". Billed as a "lighthearted but scholarly look at the film," the book analyzes the movie's major themes, which it identifies as festivity, nostalgia, home, horror, virginity, feminism, Broadway-style musical moments, sibling rivalry, "Spielbergian" filmmaking style, Disney villain traditions, and more. Max, Dani, and Allison find their parents at the City Hall Halloween party, where Winifred enchants the partygoers to dance until they die. While the children are celebrating, the witches' curse revives them again. [54] In October 2016, Sarah Jessica Parker was asked by Andy Cohen about a sequel. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. "[29] Roger Ebert in The Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one star out of a possible four, writing that it was "a confusing cauldron in which there is great activity but little progress, and a lot of hysterical shrieking". It aired on Freeform October 20, 2018. For example, the girl is half of a famous set of Siamese twins. However, its daytime scenes were filmed in Salem and Marblehead, Massachusetts during two weeks of filming with principal cast. The show introduces new actresses as the Sanderson Sisters, who try to make a villain party and summon or attract various Disney villains in the process. Three centuries later, Max Dennison is feeling unsettled from his family's sudden move from Los Angeles, California, to Salem. The opening is pure Hitchcock. [40], During her Divine Intervention Tour in 2015, Bette Midler appeared on stage dressed as Winifred Sanderson. Menu. [30] The Miami Herald called it "a pretty lackluster affair", adding this comment: "Despite the triple-threat actress combo, Hocus Pocus won't be the Sister Act of 1993. I invite this community to share my experience in these final moments of the End of Days. The film's working title was Disney's Halloween House, it was much darker and scarier, and its protagonists were all 12-year-olds. [53], In June 2016, actor Doug Jones mentioned that Disney had been considering a sequel, and behind the scenes discussions were in place to possibly continue the series. 2015, 2017 & 2018’s Canadian Press Female Athlete of the year, she was already a top-ranked rookie player in the world prior to turning pro in December 2014. Kellie Henderson was just a child when she was forced to do the unthinkable: stand guard for her oldest brother Andrew while he raped her twin sister Kathie in the basement of their family's Wichita, Kansas, home. (as Rachael Lawrence), Self As the sun finishes rising above the horizon, Mary and Sarah are disintegrated into dust along with Winifred's stone body. She’s the nice one, but her sister isn’t--not at all. The film stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, with Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and Vinessa Shaw in supporting roles. On Halloween, Max takes his younger sister Dani out trick-or-treating, where they meet Max's new crush Allison. [50], In July 2014, it was announced that Disney was developing a supernatural-themed film about witches, and that Tina Fey was on board as a producer and star. [21] According to Kirschner, Disney chose to release Hocus Pocus in July to take advantage of children being off from school for the summer. She also said her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were interested in reprising the roles of the Sanderson sisters as well, but stressed that Disney had yet to greenlight any sequel. Hocus Pocus started life as a script by Mick Garris, that was bought by Walt Disney Pictures in 1984. The website's critical consensus reads, "Harmlessly hokey yet never much more than mediocre, Hocus Pocus is a muddled family-friendly effort that fails to live up to the talents of its impressive cast". In 2018, the Haunted Happenings Grand Parade, an annual Salem festival held every October, was Hocus-Pocus themed in honor of the movie's 25th anniversary. In an effort to impress Allison, Max invites her to show him the Sanderson house to convince him the witches were real. Suddenly, the townsfolk, led by Thackery’s friend, Elijah, and Binx's father, immediately arrest the sisters and sentence them to be hanged for the murder of Thackery and Emily. The witches attempt to suck the soul of Dani, but Max comes to her rescue. James Horner was originally slated to score the film, but became unavailable at the last minute, so Debney had to score the entire film in two weeks. Thackery decides to guard the cottage to ensure no one summons the witches. The movie begins with events so commonplace they’re almost trivial, and the horror of the situation is revealed only gradually. I don’t suppose I can reveal another line of the plot without spoiling some of De Palma’s nice surprises. Even though he didn't score the film, Horner came back to write the theme for Sarah (sung by Sarah Jessica Parker, more commonly known as "Come Little Children") which is featured in Intrada's Complete Edition of the score. [27] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. Brian De Palma’s “Sisters” was made more or less consciously as an homage to Alfred Hitchcock, but it has a life of its own and it’s a neat little mystery picture. Following the film's release on the latter format, it has continued to show strong annual sales, raking in more than $1 million in DVD sales each October. The sun starts to rise just as Winifred is about to finish draining Max's life force, and due to standing on hallowed ground in the cemetery, she turns into stone. Garris and Kirschner pitched it to Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment; Spielberg saw Disney as a competitor to Amblin in the family film market at the time and refused to co-produce a film with his "rival. Sarah uses her siren-like song to entice Salem's children, luring them to the Sanderson cottage. Returning members included Kathy Najimy, David Kirschner, Thora Birch, Doug Jones, Vinessa Shaw, and Omri Katz. Movies. | It’s a classic Hitchcock role. But it's like the film's following grows every year.”[12], The cast reunited for In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover which aired on October 30, 2020. Buy movie tickets in advance, find movie times, watch trailers, read movie reviews, and more at Fandango. [32] Ty Burr of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C-, calling it "acceptable scary-silly kid fodder that adults will find only mildly insulting. The witches pursue them to an old cemetery, where Winifred raises her unfaithful lover Billy Butcherson as a zombie to chase them on foot. [22], In October 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Hocus Pocus was re-released in 2,570 theaters. Company Credits Binx leaps on Winifred and knocks the potion out of her hand. [4][5], A sequel, directed by Adam Shankman, is in development as a Disney+ original film, with a screenplay written by Jen D'Angelo.[6][7]. | Unless they're Bette Midler fans. Release Dates [60], In July 2018, a book titled Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel was released, containing a novelization of the film and a sequel story. He and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbor's black cat strayed by. Back at the cemetery, the group is ambushed by Billy who then takes Max's knife, cuts open his stitched up mouth, and insults Winifred. [42] In September 2016, entertainment critic Aaron Wallace published Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan's Guide to Disney's Halloween Classic, the first full-length book written about the movie. "[33], Over the years, through various outlets such as strong DVD sales and annual record-breaking showings on Freeform's 13 Nights of Halloween, the film has achieved cult status. A lithe fashion model and a young newspaperman meet on a quiz show (it’s called “Peeping Tom” and asks the question, what would you do if you were inadvertently made voyeur-for-a-day?). She calls the police, but they resent a recent series of exposes she’s written. Welcome to this channel. The new release contains special features, including deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes retrospective.[18]. Binx finally dies, freeing his soul. 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