Hocus Pocus (1993 film)

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Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film[4] that follows a villainous comedic trio of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. The film is directed by Kenny Ortega from a screenplay by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert, and a story by David Kirschner and Garris.

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Hocus Pocus
Theatrical release poster by Drew Struzan
Directed byKenny Ortega
Screenplay by
Story by
Produced by
CinematographyHiro Narita
Edited byPeter E. Berger
Music byJohn Debney
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • July 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$28 million[2]
Box office$45.4 million[3]

The film was released in North America on July 16, 1993, by Walt Disney Pictures. Upon its release, it received mixed reviews from film critics and was not a box office success, possibly losing Disney around $16.5 million during its theatrical run. However, largely through many annual airings on Disney Channel and Freeform (formerly ABC Family, Fox Family and The Family Channel) all throughout the month of October, Hocus Pocus has been rediscovered by audiences, resulting in a yearly spike in home media sales of the film every Halloween season.[5] The annual celebration of Halloween has helped make the film a cult classic.[6][7]

The film spawned a franchise, consisting of a sequel novelization, a theme park attraction, and a TV special. A sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, written by Jen D'Angelo and directed by Anne Fletcher, was released on September 30, 2022, on Disney+, and a follow up to the sequel was announced on June 4. [8]