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July 16, 1993

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American dark fantasy comedy horror film directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, and it is based on a story by Garris and David Kirschner. The film stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker, with Omri Katz, Thora Birch, and Vinessa Shaw in supporting roles. The film follows a villainous yet comedic trio of witches who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night.

The film was released in the United States on July 16, 1993, by Walt Disney Pictures. The film received mixed to negative reviews from film critics at the time of its release. It was not a critical or commercial success upon its release, possibly losing Disney around $16.5 million. However, largely through annual airings on Disney Channel and Freeform (formerly ABC Family), Hocus Pocus has been rediscovered by audiences, resulting in a yearly spike in home video sales of the movie every Halloween season. Reception has since grown to be more positive toward the film. Hocus Pocus has become a highly regarded cult classic.

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

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