On Halloween night, monsters from the otherworld come to our realm to enjoy a night not, chained behind the veil, but what about those that are human with paranormal abilities? Witches have walked this earth for centuries hiding their powers from mortals. Many Halloween films show their take on witch but one of the most famous is Hocus Pocus by Disney.
Casting a Spell
When the Dennison family moves to Salem, Massachusetts, they are introduced to one of the town’s most famous legends, the tale of the Sanderson sisters. Before being hanged by the townsfolk Winifred’s spell book casts a curse saying that on All Hallows Eve they would be resurrected, when a virgin light the black flame candle. The spell allows them another chance at completing their spell of stealing the town children of their youth.
Hocus Pocus (1993) official trailer on Youtube
Winifred Sanderson, played by Bette Midler, is nicknamed Winnie by her sisters and is the eldest Sanderson sister. She is the leader of the trio and is in control of the plans and their mother’s spell book. She is short-tempered, and hates being called ugly thinking that children are nothing more then brats that are useful for their spells.
Sarah Sanderson, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, is the youngest and is considered the pretty one in the trio. She has a siren’s voice and can entrance children by singing Come Little Children to get them to come to their cottage. She is free-spirited and easily distracted making it difficult to focus on one thought for long.
Mary Sanderson, played by Kathy Najimy, is the middle sister and can hunt down children since she can smell where they are. She is comforting and compliments Winnie hoping to keep her sister from getting upset. She allows Winnie to make the decisions for the trio knowing that it’s better to comply then to start a disagreement.
Max Dennison, played by Omri Katz, is the new kid in town and is still trying to fit in. He oversees watching his little sister Dani taking her tick-or-treating on Halloween. Max is cocky using his confidence to hide his nervousness and when he has no clue what he is doing. He thinks magic is fake and doesn’t believe in the myth until he meets the sisters after they appear.
Thackery Binx, played by Jason Marsden, is the protector of the Sanderson’s cottage to ensure the black flame candle remains unlit. Thackery was turned into an immortal black cat called Binx after failing to save his sister from the witches. He is sarcastic and mocks Max for putting his sister Dani in danger and is protective of Dani not wanting harm to come to her.
Thoughts about Magic
Hocus Pocus is the ideal movie to watch on Halloween night either alone of with friends and family. I would rate this movie a nine out of ten due to the interesting story and development of characters. The songs are well-written and can easily get stuck in your head.
My favorite two are I Put a Spell on You and Come Little Children. The Sanderson sisters steal the spotlight though Max and his sister feel less creative compared to them. I feel that the creation of Billy wasn’t needed because it took away from the story trying to mix zombie in with witchcraft.
History of the Salem Witch Trials s hinted at of the inclusion of witches. The film takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, which is where most of the trials take place. Showing real witches was an interesting twist and was a way to move away from the horrors of the tragic event. Adding into the fact how witches are depicted in folklore by making the sisters use children as their victims, adding a bit of spooky humor to an old Halloween classic.
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