Los Angeles Times
Bette Midler’s in love with ‘Hocus Pocus’ all over again
By CHRISTIE D’ZURILLA
Oct. 31, 2018
Bette Midler gave herself an early Halloween treat this year: She rewatched “Hocus Pocus,” the kid-oriented dark comedy and cult classic that just turned 25 and starred the Divine Miss M as the leader of a trio of witches.
“The first time I watched it I was only watching myself. But this time I saw everybody,” she told People on Monday night at her annual Hulaween party in New York City, where the theme was “Hulaween in the Cosmos.”
“And I tell ya, those girls in the back — they were going full blast! They were giving me a run for my money. The kids were great, everybody was great!
“I loved it!” Midler added.
The film, originally released in July 1993, also starred Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as reawakened witches (who were whacked in Salem, Mass., in the 17th century) now bent on doing what they have to do to become immortal.
Hint: They’re after the “life force” of the children, who in turn are after the sister-witches’ book of spells.