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A still from Hocus Pocus (1993)

Hocus Pocus

1993 | United States | 96 min
  • Watched on Sat Oct 31, 2020 via Disney+
    F: 1 star (out of 5)

    On Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts, a transplanted L.A. teen inadvertently resurrects three witches, played by Midler, Parker, and Najimy. With a single night to live, they attempt to steal the town’s children’s life to extend their existence.

    Kudos to the Salem location photography, but this mess of a movie reeks of studio notes. The teen protagonist and incessant virgin references point to a darker tone and older target audience. The tag-along kid-sister and stagy presentation skew toward traditional G-rated Disney adventure fare. And nobody’s reigning in Midler, who’s delivering full-on camp. Everyone’s making a different movie and none are very good.

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