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Hocus Pocus (1993)

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After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amanda Shepherd ...
Emily (as Amanda Shepherd)
Ernie 'Ice' (as Larry Bagby III)
Karyn Malchus ...
Steve Voboril ...


300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft. Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence... Written by anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

halloween | cat | candle | spell | virgin | See All (155) »


It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary sequences, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 July 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abracadabra  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,430,123 (UK) (12 November 1993)


$39,514,713 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sarah Jessica Parker has said that she thoroughly enjoyed being in the flying harness, so much so that she would stash a copy of the New York Times on her person and would read in the air between takes. See more »


After Max lights the candle, and things start to happen within the house, Dani's hat is blown off by a gust of wind. When she puts the hat back on, her hair has been blown around. When the camera cuts to her again, her hair is back in the style it had prior to her losing her hat. See more »


Master: Mary, go long.
[Master throws a candy bar to her]
Master: You could be a tight end.
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Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney logo at the start is tinted blue (the one at the end has the usual coloring). See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1993 (1994) See more »


Sabre Dance
Written by George Wilson, Aram Khachaturyan (uncredited)
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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User Reviews

Charming, Endearing, and Under-Appreciated Tale of Three Heinous Practitioners of the Dark Arts.
22 April 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

This is the story of three nefarious practitioners of Darkly-aligned Magick and the mark they left on the town which sentenced them to death.

Disney is known to openly endorse and promote the use of the Old Ways. Whether a good Witch (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) or a bad Witch (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Disney loves Magick and those who use it.

These Witches, however, are the worst kind of rabble, and while we attempt to defeat them, character development occurs. This movie is quite entertaining, however it is too dark and scary for younger audiences, and may be considered too juvenile for adults, but the older children and tweens seem to love it.

It rates an 8.7/10 from...

the Fiend :.

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