In 1693 Salem, Massachusetts, young Emily Binx (Jodie-Amy Rivera) is abducted by Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary (Kathy Najimy) Sanderson. The three sisters intend to use Emily to reclaim their youthfulness. Emily’s brother, Thackery (Sean Murray), does his best to save his little sister, but his efforts are thwarted when the witches turn him into an immortal black cat, and suck the life force out of Emily.
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The Binx parents, accompanied by a small army of angry civilians, surround the Sanderson sisters, ready to hang them. Before the mob gets their chance, Winifred casts a spell from her book that will resurrect the sisters on All Hallows’ Eve when their black-flamed candle is lit by a virgin. Once the sisters are dead, Thackery guards their cottage to prevent their return.
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300 years into the future, and we join Max Dennison (Omri Katz). A newcomer to Salem, Max and his family moved from Los Angeles, and Max is none too happy about it. He gets bullied by his schoolmates, but he’s also developed a crush on a girl named Allison (Vinessa Shaw).
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On Halloween night, when Max takes his little sister, Dani (Thora Birch), trick-or-treating, the pair come to Allison’s house. Dani is fascinated with the story of the Sanderson sisters, and they all go for a visit to the old cottage, which is now a museum.
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Max thinks that the story of the three sisters and their witchcraft is a load of hooey. So he lights the candle, and the witches, as promised, return.
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Binx appears and instructs the kids to steal Winifred’s book, which they do. The sisters go after them of course, because if they can’t find another child to sustain their lit force, the spell that was cast centuries before, will turn them to dust at sunrise.
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Max, Dani, and Allison spend their night outrunning the sisters. Will the young heroes be able to put an end to the madness, and stop the antics of the three witches? Watch Hocus Pocus to find out.
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