It has been 20 years since Halloween staple “Hocus Pocus” hit theaters, and we haven’t taken a second of it for granted. Here are 10 things this splendid cult classic brought us.
1. The Sanderson sisters
2. The Facebook group entitled “After watching Hocus Pocus when I was little I always made sure we had salt,” which sadly only has 118 members despite its #realtalk. (The movie also provided us with a new use for salt and a surefire way to handle a witch invasion.)
4. The best rendition of “I Put A Spell On You” ever (obviously)
5. Garry Marshall as a costumed devil the sisters refer to as “master,” and his real-life sister, Penny Marshall, as his onscreen wife
Master’s Wife: Aren’t you broads a little old to be trick-or-treating?
Winifred Sanderson: We’ll be younger in the morning.
Master’s Wife: Yeah, sure, me too.
6. Sarah Jessica Parker singing “Come Little Children“
7. Conflicting ideas about what witches do with their time
Winifred Sanderson: Don’t get your knickers in a twist! We’re just three kindly old spinster ladies.
Mary Sanderson: Spending a quiet evening at home.
Sarah Sanderson: Sucking the lives out of little children!
8. Omri Katz in one of his final roles. He quit acting in 1996 following his exit from “The John Larroquette Show” and his role in the TV movie “Dallas: J.R. Returns.” He resurfaced for a NSFW short film that turned up on YouTube in 2006.
9. A new idea of what high school really is
Sarah Sanderson: What is this place?
Mary Sanderson: It reeks of children!
Winifred Sanderson: It is a prison for children.
10. Proof that negative critical reception doesn’t preclude cult-classic dominance