Hocus Pocus (1993): Ortega’s Fantasy-Comedy, Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker

Kenny Ortega directed Hocus Pocus, a fantasy-comedy, written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, and starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker

Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and Vinessa Shaw in supporting roles.

The broad comedy follows a villainous trio of witches, who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night.

Released on July 16, 1993, by Walt Disney Pictures, the movie received mixed reviews, and was not a commercial success upon its initial release.

However, through annual airings on Disney Channel and Freeform (formerly ABC Family), Hocus Pocus has been rediscovered by younger audiences, resulting in a yearly spike in home video sales every Halloween season, making it a cult classic.

A sequel, directed by Adam Shankman, is in development as a Disney+ original film, with a screenplay written by Jen D’Angelo.

On October 31, 1693, near Salem, Massachusetts, Thackery Binx sees little sister Emily spirited away to the cottage of three witches.

There, the Sanderson sisters, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, cast a spell on Emily to absorb her youth and regain their own. Thackery confronts the witches who transform him into an immortal black cat cursed to live with guilt for not saving Emily.

The townsfolk, led by Binx’s father, capture the witches, but before being hanged, Winifred’s spellbook casts a curse that resurrect the witches during a full moon on All Hallows’ Eve. Unable to convince his father of his true identity as cat, Thackery guards the cottage to ensure no one summons the witches.

Three hundred years later, on October 31, 1993, on Halloween, Max Dennison is unsettled due to his family’s sudden move from Los Angeles to Salem, Massachusetts. Max takes his younger sister Dani trick-or-treating, where they run into Max’s new crush Allison.

Allison mentions that her family owns the Sanderson cottage as a museum. Max, in an effort to impress Allison, invites her to show him the Sanderson house to convince him that the witches were real.