Movie Moxie’s 31 Days of Halloween – Day 26 – Hocus Pocus

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Reviewed by Alicia Glass

 

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Kenny Ortega

Review Rating: 8

The Sanderson sisters are brought back from the dead when the black flame candle is lit by a virgin on Halloween night, to eat the lives of all the children in Salem!

Not all of Halloween needs to be dark dank and dreary. Granted these are witches who worship Satan, monster zombies and disbelieving virgins, but come on – it’s the Disney version. This means the sister witches are Bette Midler as Winifred, Kathy Najimy as portly Mary, and Sarah Jessica Parker as ditzy blonde sister Sarah; Satan and his beleaguered wife are the famous Marshalls; spirited black cats can not only talk, they get the best one-liners; and every last thing to do with magic, no matter how bad it sounds, is just adorable. Doug Jones, of the interesting contortions and roles, is Billy Butcherson, poor lost soul and risen zombie with a heart of gold (and moths). Sean Murray is the actor for and voice of Thackery Binx, the talking black cat that is the ultimate Halloween accessory. Omri Katz is main character Max, in what is fairly likely his best role to date. Vanessa Shaw is love interest Allison, and a very young Thora Birch is Max’s sister Dani. An awesomely adorable cast and even a musical number makes this very Disney tale an absolute must for every Halloween viewing party!

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