The year 1993 was big for movies. “Jurassic Park”, “Schinlder’s List”, and “Mrs. Doubtfire” were just a few among many films released. But there is one that is resurrected, like the three witches it stars, every year around this time: “Hocus Pocus”. Kenny Ortega (director of “High School Musical” and “This Is It”) introduced the world to Winifred “Winnie” Sanderson, Mary Sanderson, and Sarah Sanderson, played by Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, respectively.
When Max Dennison is forced to move to Salem, Massachusetts from Los Angeles, he is not looking forward to Halloween. However, with his sister Dani’s convincing, Max eventually agrees to go out and accidently resurrects the Sanderson sisters. Throughout the movie, the teenagers attempt to right Max’s wrong and send the witches back to where they came from, where they can no longer terrorize Salem. Binx, who was turned into an immortal cat by the Sanderson sisters when he was a teenager in 1693 after the witches killed his sister, Emily, assists the brother-sister duo. Binx is especially eager to end the witch’s reign.
Omri Katz, who went on to appear in several television series, including “Freaks and Geeks” and “General Hospital”, plays Max. Thora Birch, who stars as Dani, later appeared in several movies, such as “American Beauty”, “Ghost World”, and “The Hole”. Jason Marsden, the voice of Binx, can also be heard in “A Goofy Movie” and “Batman: Gotham Night”.
At the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in 1994, “Hocus Pocus” won the awards for Best Costumes, Best Fantasy Film, and Best Special Effects while Bette Midler won Best Actress and Kathy Najimy won Best Supporting Actress.
“Hocus Pocus” will be screened at 9:30 pm in Dewing 103 as a Zoo Flick, hosted by the Office of Student Involvement.