A teen boy (Omri Katz) accidentally revives a trio of evil comedic witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night in the 1993 American fantasy comedy Hocus Pocus.
Kenny Ortega is the director, and Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris are the writers. Walt Disney Pictures presented the movie on July 16, 1993, in the United States.
It did not do well at the box office and garnered mixed to unfavourable reviews from critics upon release. It may have cost Disney $16.5 million during its theatrical run.
However, Hocus Pocus has been rediscovered by viewers thanks in large part to numerous annual airings on Disney Channel and Freeform (previously ABC Family) over the whole month of October, leading to an annual increase in home media sales of the movie every Halloween season.
The movie has become a cult classic in part because of the yearly celebration of Halloween. Jen D’Angelo and Anne Fletcher collaborated to create the sequel Hocus Pocus 2. The Disney+ premiere took place on September 30, 2022.
Who are the bullies in Hocus Pocus?
In the movie Hocus Pocus, Jay Taylor, along with Ice, is one of Max Dennison’s bullies and a supporting antagonist.
Jay and Ice, who are still in their cages after the Sanderson sisters vanish from the face of the Earth at daybreak, are singing songs like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to pass the time until some Salem resident finds them and frees them from their captivity.
By the time the movie ends, we don’t know what happened to them, but we may assume that they were either eventually saved by a Salem citizen or starved to death while being kept in cages.