The Sanderson Sisters
Disney’s Hocus Pocus was released in the United States on July 13, 1993, starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson sisters.
Three-hundred years after being hung for witchcraft, the three witches are brought back to life when a virgin in Salem, Massachusetts, lights the Black Flame Candle on Halloween 1993.
Winifred Sanderson is played by Bette Midler: the boss and brains of the three sisters.
Between casting spells on a room full of parents and sucking the life out of children, Winifred is one bad witch.
She was so bad that Bette had people near her at all times with a dictionary of old curse words to use when in character.
Since this role, Bette Midler has continued to light up the screen — for 16 more films, in fact.
She also starred in her own sitcom called Bette from 2000 to 2001 and released seven studio albums since her Hocus Pocus role.
Currently, Bette can be seen on Broadway, playing the lead in Hello, Dolly! She says she is more than happy to do a sequel, too!
“I have canvassed the girls, and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a HOCUS POCUS 2, ask the Walt Disney company,” she wrote on Reddit.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker played ditzy Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus — which came out five years before her iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.
Sarah was known for being able to sing a sweet song that leads children to the witches so they could suck out their souls, as well as her infamous “amuck amuck amuck” quote!
Now, Sarah Jessica Parker is an acclaimed actress, fashion designer, and author. She won two Emmys for Sex and the City and four Golden Globes.
Sarah is currently starring in the HBO series, Divorce.
There’s no doubt that Hocus Pocus is a cult classic, but Sarah has admitted to only seeing it once, telling Buzzfeed she saw the film “maybe when it came out.”
Mary Sanderson (played by Kathy Najimy) uses her powerful sense of smell to track down children.
The role was originally offered to Rosie O’Donnell. Luckily for Kathy, a huge Bette Midler fan, Rosie turned it down.
After Hocus Pocus, Kathy has gone on to star in shows like Veronica’s Closet, Younger, and Veep, as well as 19 films.
Max Dennison is the protagonist of Hocus Pocus, played by Omri Katz.
Max is upset that his family moved from California to Salem and doesn’t believe any of the tales about the Sanderson sisters.
It’s Max who, as a virgin, lights the Black Flame Candle and brings the witches back to life.
Omri only appeared in five more roles before stepping away from acting in 2002.
Omri’s role of Max was originally offered to Leonardo DiCaprio, but he turned it down to do What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Dani Dennison is played by Thora Birch and is a head-strong little girl who isn’t afraid of anything. Though younger, she’s protective of Max and defends him from bullies and even the Sanderson sisters.
Unlike Omri, Thora continued her acting career over the years and has appeared in over 20 films and TV shows.
She currently has four movies in the works, including The Competition and Public Affairs.
Vinessa Shaw played Max’s love interest, Allison. She brings Max and Dani to the Sanderson sisters’ house — which was turned into a museum.
After Hocus Pocus, Vinessa appeared in dozens of shows and movies. Most notably, Vegas and Ray Donovan.
Who could forget Billy, the most lovable zombie ever?
While Max, Dani, and Allison first thought Billy was out to get them, it turns out he was on their side the entire time and ultimately helps the kids take down the witches.
Actor Doug Jones portrays the character. Remember the moths that flew out of Billy’s mouth? They weren’t fake!
Doug hasn’t slowed down since coming back from the dead as Billy.
He’s currently playing Saru in the series Star Trek: Discovery — that’s his character on the right side of the photo above.
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