#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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…
Plot: After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.
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|7 Votes: 2008 Popularity: 61.295|
Bad watch, probably won’t watch again, and can’t recommend.
Sometimes it is fun to get in the way back machine to visit “classic” movies, but they don’t always hold up. And in some cases, like this, it is a wonder they EVER worked at all. Especially that it is a 1993 Disney movie and focuses on sex, plus a lot of witch lore being based on women being sexual in a time where it was so inappropriate they would be burnt at the stake. I digress.
While the Sanderson sisters are a compelling premise, if sloppy, and an interesting metaphor for the desires of power, hunger, and sex, it goes to an almost cartoonish levels of ridiculous for next to no reasoning.
All the non witch cast do a fine job, and I especially liked Thora Birch’s performance, I can see why she took off so well. As for the witch cast, I have no doubt they did was in the script very well, but the script is overly ridiculous, and even just trying to relax there are jokes that make no sense and just aren’t all that funny.
Ultimately it comes down to being a Halloween themed sub-par Babysitter’s Club, or your choice of child adventure groups.
I imagine most of the love for Hocus Pocus comes from people who re-watch it with nostalgia goggles. Even as a child of the 90’s I had never seen Hocus Pocus and knew little of it, so I had no prior attachments to this film. If you have seen any of the Disney Channels terrible made for TV movies, Hocus Pocus is like a particularly bad one with some questionable language and sexual innuendo. The acting is really bad from the entire cast, which is a little surprising considering the witches (who I had always assumed you the heroes of the story, but are clearly not) are two D-List actresses (Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy) and a C-lister (Sarah Jessica Parker) who aren’t exactly known for their acting abilities, but are actual professional actresses. The CG effects are bad, even considering this is a 1993 movie and the practical effects aren’t even an honest effort. All of this could be forgiven if it was part of a fun, campy family movie, but Hocus Pocus can’t even pull that off. The plot is lame and full of inconsistencies and just unreasonably unrealistic moments. The witches have been “dead” for 300 years, but will be brought back if a virgin lights the black flame candle. In 1990 a high school boy says multiple times publicly that he is a virgin. Let me just say that again, they think a high school boy would go around announcing himself to be a virgin repeatedly to his peers. This is a public high school in Massachusetts in the 90’s, not a Mormon town or a private Catholic school. When the witches return, they have been gone for 300 years and don’t even know what the paved road is, thinking it to be a river or what a bus is; they have no knowledge of any of the advances since the 1600’s. Having established this, one of the witches flies up to the side of a car on their broom and asks him for his license and registration. So, they don’t understand asphalt, but they know motorist jokes? The movie is littered with inconsistencies and a wild lack of understanding of how teenagers and children think and act. Even the three witches can’t maintain a consistent character. Bette Midler is supposed to be the smart older sister, but she acts the most irrationally and whines like a child. Sarah Jessica Parker is a horny dumb blonde and Kathy Najimy is a mentally challenged woman who barks an talks out of the side of her mouth, but they are always the ones to reason and plan. Najimy is the worst, with her constantly swinging from offensively stupid the brains of the operation. This was an actual movie released in theaters. Had it been a cheap Disney Channel original, it would still be terrible, but excusable. As a real theatrical film, Hocus Pocus is embarrassing. Unless you grew up with this film, I can’t imagine you getting much out of this. It’s fairly unoffensive children’s drivel, with some questionable language if that’s all you need, but it’s not a good film. It wasn’t fun or interesting and it was probably best left in ’93.
This movie is funny, scary, but warm and human all at once. It emphasizes the value of families working together to help each other and does not create confusing messages about good and evil. It’s a fast-paced comedy that does not trivialize the characters. Bette Midler’s rendition of “I’ve Put a Spell on You” shows the depth of her talent as a singer/stage performer. The divine Ms. Bette has great chemistry with both Kathy Naijimy (how does she get her mouth to do that?), and Sarah Jessica Parker (amok, amok, amok). While the scary factor with corpses and death may not be appropriate for very small children, the movie is lots of fun for the whole family.
I fail to see why it has become so popular.
My wife made me watch this film, never really had a desire to do so, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt. I know that for some reason, it is more popular now than it ever was in the 90’s so I thought it may be good. It was not bad, but I just do not get the strange love interest people have with this thing. A few funny moments here and there; however, I just felt aside from the three witches, the rest of the cast was just not very good. Unfortunately, the focus of this thing is a kid who wishes to woo this girl that he pretty much met the same day. There was another problem in the story telling, the witches were the most charismatic thing on screen, but they made them child killers, which I felt was a bit too dark for a kid’s flick and made you have to root against them.
The story starts out in Salem in the past. Three witches lure a child to their home where her brother comes to rescue her, but is too late. He is turned into a cat right before several townsfolk come to the place and for reasons unknown, Bette Midler’s witch can shoot magic that can do some damage, she uses it sparingly and the three get caught and hung. So, years later a virgin boy from California has to move to Salem where these two jerks steal his shoes, but they do not get theirs in satisfying enough fashion. Seriously, they torment a poor boy by turning him into a cat for daring to rescue his sister, but these two idiots they just lock up in cages? So the sister’s get revived and must suck the souls of children so that they do not turn to dust forever.
I would have rather the film focused on the three witches in modern times trying to figure things out as the scenes with stuff like that were the best. They made the witches too evil, the whole children killing thing too much, I would have rather seen them as more hapless than horrible especially since they showed instances of being very friendly and pleasant to some of the townsfolk.
So, it was okay, however, I still don’t understand why it has become this massively popular film. Perhaps, there are not enough family oriented Halloween movies as there are plenty of short specials, but not as many comedy Halloween films. Still, at times, the humor in this one is a bit risque and I wonder what the heck they were thinking. The last thing I would want to take a younger child to, is a film where the one guy is wanting to get into a girl’s pants and his little sister does some rather creepy things. If they had focused more on the witches and made them a bit less evil, I could see this one being a bit better than what it is.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min)
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Director Kenny Ortega
Writer David Kirschner, Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert
Actors Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 11 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2020 remaster), Spherical, VistaVision (special effects)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, D-Cinema (2020 Re-Release)