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Hocus Pocus

Kenny Ortega

Take some ‘90s Halloween magic, add a dash of talking cat, a dopey zombie, and a large helping of Bette Midler, leave to simmer in the cauldron for 92 minutes and the result? Disney’s family-favourite Hocus Pocus!

In 1693 Salem, three witches are found to be absorbing energy from local children in order to make themselves younger. Sanderson sisters Winnifred (Midler, having an absolute ball), Mary (Kathy Najimy) and Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) are all hanged for their witchy misdeeds, but not before Winnifred casts a spell – if a virgin should light the magical Black Flame Candle on All Hallow’s Eve during a full moon, the sisters will return to earth and wreak havoc once again.

Fast forward 300 years to Halloween night, 1993, and when a teenager called Max lights the candle, the wicked siblings are brought back to life. It is up to Max, his little sister Dani, and his classmate Allison to stop the Sandersons before the night is over.