This 1993 movie about the Sanderson sisters, a legendary group of witches in Salem, Mass., has become a Halloween staple without offering any award-winning performances just a spooky story that takes viewers back to childhood.
Starring the convincing Bette Midler as head witch Winifred Sanderson, the quirky Kathy Najimy as Mary and the ditzy and boy-crazy Sarah Jessica Parker before her “Sex and the City” days as sister Sarah, the movie has a great cast of memorable characters.
The most lovable character, however, is Thackery Binx, a teenage boy who was turned into a black cat when he caused the witches to be hanged to death in an attempt to save his sister from the witches’ wrath.
A few musical numbers like “I Put A Spell On You” and the haunting “Come Little Children” add the perfect touch to an already playful film.
Though it may not have been nominated for an Oscar, “Hocus Pocus” is a well-balanced classic, packed with laughs and fright and perfect for all ages this time of year.
Hocus Pocus cast
Directed by – Kenny Ortega
Story – David Kirschner & Mick Garris
Screenplay – Mick Garris & Neil Cuthbert
Bette Midler – Winifred ‘Winnie’ Sanderson
Sarah Jessica Parker – Sarah Sanderson
Kathy Najimy – Mary Sanderson
Omri Katz – Max Dennison
Thora Birch – Dani
Vinessa Shaw – Allison
Jodie Rivera – Emily Binx (as Amanda Shepherd)
Larry Bagby – Ernie / ‘Ice’ (as Larry Bagby III)
Tobias Jelinek – Jay
Stephanie Faracy – Jenny Dennison
Charles Rocket – Dave Dennison
Doug Jones – Billy Butcherson
Karyn Malchus – Headless Billy Butcherson
Sean Murray – Thackery Binx
Steve Voboril – Elijah
Norbert Weisser – Thackery’s Father
Kathleen Freeman – Miss Olin, Teacher
D.A. Pauley – Fireman #1
Ezra Sutton – Fireman #2
Don Yesso – Bus Driver
Michael McGrady – Cop
Leigh Hamilton – Cop’s Girlfriend
Devon Reeves – Little Girl ‘Neat Broom’
Joseph Malone – Singer
Jordan Redmond – Little Angel
Frank Del Boccio – Lobster Man
Jeff Neubauer – Boy in Class
Teda Bracci – Calamity Jane
Peggy Holmes – Dancer
Jason Marsden – Thackery Binx (voice)