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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Bette Midler
Sarah Jessica Parker
Kathy Najimy
Thora Birch
Directors
Kenny Ortega
Screenwriters
Mick Garris
Neil Cuthbert
David Kirschner
Running Time
97 minutes

Hocus Pocus
Disney does Hallowe'en, just not very convincingly.


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Plot
Three witches are magically imprisoned after ridding two children of their souls, however in modern day America a young boy accidentally sets them free. The three go on the rampage after discovering that if they rid every child of their soul that night, which naturally happens to be Hallowe'en, then they will live forever.


Verdict
Trying to break expectations isn't always a wise idea and here Disney show how not to do it. With this supposed-family movie, they disappoint on nearly every level. The plot is weak, the action poor and it's got Bette Midler, simply dreadful.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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