Movie Review: Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus was a film created in 1993 but David Kirschner, the producer, and Mick Garris, the screenplay writer. Kirschner states that he and his daughter were sitting outside when a stray black cat walked by. He then invented a tale of how the cat was once a boy who was turned into a feline by three witches three hundred years prior. Hocus Pocus was then written into a script by Garris and was bought by Walt Disney Pictures in 1984.

In the beginning of the movie, Thackery Binx was awoken on the morning of October 31, 1693 to the sound of his younger sister being drawn to a cottage ( by the song “Come Little Children” , sang by Sarah Sanderson) inhabited by three witches. Winfred, Sarah, and Mary, the Sanderson sisters, were drawing the young girl there to absorb her youth, so they could continue to live as long as they please. Thackery then tries to stop the witches, but does not succeed, leaving the sisters to turn him into a black cat who shall live forever with his guilt of not being able to save his sister. That day, the sisters were burned at the stake by the accusation of killing two of the towns children. Three hundred years later, in 1993, Max Dennis, the new kid in town, is drawn to the cottage after being told of its supposed past. On the night of Halloween, along with his sister and new friend Allison, Max lights the Black Flame Candle and inadvertently raises the sisters from the dead. But they need innocent youth to survive the night. After they kidnap Max’s sister, who knows to what lengths Max, with a newly found friend, Binx, will go to save her?

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