Hocus Pocus (1993)
Director: Kenny Ortega
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy
Run Time: 95 minutes
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy romp around like coked-up versions of The Three Stooges in the frantic Disney romp Hocus Pocus. The film begins in 1693 where three witches — Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy) — are preparing a potion that will grant them immortality and eternal youth. But before they finish mixing their cocktail, the people of Salem capture them and execute them for practicing witchcraft. Before their deaths, they vow to return to Salem 300 years hence on Halloween to exact their revenge. Three hundred years later, a skeptical, newly transplanted Californian, Max (Omri Katz), explores the ruins of the legendary witches’ house and dares the witches to manifest themselves. Disregarding the warnings of his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and girlfriend Allison (Vinessa Shaw), Max lights the Candle of Black Flame. With that, the witches reappear to wreak havoc on the town. The kids take off with the witches’ spellbook and a musty tome of hexes and recipes. The sorceresses, who will die by the morning light if they don’t recite the incantation for immortality, have to get the books by whatever means they can. So, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary hop on their broomsticks for a chase through Halloween night.
About Cinema Under the Stars:
Every Tuesday night at sundown we’ll be screening a free film as part of our summer series Cinema Under the Stars. Screenings will be held outdoors in the Copia Gardens in front of The CIA at Copia, so bring a blanket and cozy up with friends or loved ones! Come early and save a spot, then grab food and beverages from Grove and our pop-up concession stand to enjoy during the film. We’ve timed things perfectly to coincide with Locals Night at the Oxbow Marketplace, so your evening fun will never end. See you there!
All movies start at sundown; times may depend on the season. Please note that outside food and beverages are not permitted.