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"I'll Put A Spell On You" - Popaween Celebrates Hocus Pocus

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10/21/2013 4:06 pm
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Media Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures
  Jason Scott

Staff Writer

We're all officially old as dirt. Hocus Pocus, starring the exquisite cast of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and the hilarious Kathy Najimy (otherwise known as the Sanderson Sisters), turns 20 this year. It was the movie that set our hearts racing when we were children, and let's face it, it still creeps us out. It also sent a fear of candles (and subsequently witches) shivering down our spines. Every year since its 1993 premiere, the film is the center of every spooky Halloween ritual, becoming the gold standard in pop culture. To this day, the tale of a virgin lighting a candle is one of campy lore. Set in Salem, Massachusetts, a city whose cultural relevance stems from the 1692 Salem witch trials, a teenager named Max (played by Omri Katz) inadvertently resurrects the Sanderson Sisters in an attempt to appear grown up, along with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and classmate Allison (Vinessa Shaw). "Let's light this sucker and meet the old broads," he naively quips. Of course, this Halloween trick spirals out of control when Winifred's (Bette) desire to create a life-sucking potion to live forever is fueled to dead man's toe proportions. With the aid of Sarah (Sarah), Mary (Kathy) and the notorious book (who can get that whistling chant to awaken the creature out of their head? Boo-OO-ook!), the three sisters set about snatching up Dani's soul and the entire town's youth. Who could possibly resist, right? The rest of the story is quite simple. Thackery Binx, who is the originator of the fable and whose sister Emily was spirited away in 1693, is immortally bound as a cat and endeavors to help Max in the quest to save his sister. What unfolds is an hour and a half of remarkably enchanting storytelling, complete with every Halloween trope in the, well, spell book -- including a graveyard, pumpkins, children bewitchment and a ghoulish lullaby (as sung on brooms). Winifred, Mary and Sarah are the archetypes for the horror genre, particularly as scary TV has seen a resurgence in recent years, with shows such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. They are a splendid boil of charm, humor and icy dread. Add a dash of dead man's chungs, and you have a recipe for delight. To commemorate the film's 20th anniversary, we here at Popwrapped are taking a look at some of the best scenes from the world's best Halloween movie. Speaking of chungs, once Winifred realizes they must kill more children before turning to dust at sunrise, she sets about creating the potion from memory. Needless to say, she doesn't quite get it right. Salem hipsters Jay and Ernie look on from their cages. [youtube=] Turning back time, let's take a look at the scene that started it all. After Thackery's sister Emily is spirited away, he is cursed to "live forever with his guilt." The infamous "twist the bones and bend the back" spell is the reason I can't sleep at night. [youtube=] Once the villagers come welding torches, the witches are hanged for their transgressions. "Answer me!" Thackery's father demands. "Well, I don't know. Cat's got my tongue." Even in the face of death, Winifred keeps us laughing. Well, until she casts the resurrection spell and the deed is done, that is. [youtube=] Cut to: present day. After Max lights the candle, the witches explore the modern world. What's not to love about three 17th century witches taking a bus? (Side note: these are pick-up lines that should never be attempted under any circumstance.) [youtube=] Of course, who could forget one of the most iconic television scenes in history. "I Put a Spell on You" gave me nightmares for weeks. "Thanks Max...for that marvelous introduction," Winifred teases. The partygoers are unassuming and are fated to dance until they die. [youtube=] When the Sanderson Sisters cast their net over the town's children, Winifred instructs: "use thy voice Sarah, fill the sky, bring the little brats to die." Chilling. [youtube=] Several other scenes are also worth noting, including the first time the sisters step onto a concrete road, meeting their "master," being called ugly and "amuk, amuk, amuk, amuk" (among others). [youtube=] [youtube=] [youtube=] [youtube=] Popwrappers, what are you favorite lines from the movie? Any favorite scenes not included above? Let us know in the comments!


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