In the second instalment of our special Halloween mini-series, Harry and John enjoy some prime Bette Midler scenery chewing in the all-time seasonal classic that is Hocus Pocus.
Released in 1993, Hocus Pocus starred Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters - a trio of legendary witches who return to their home town of Salem with a vengeance after a troubled teen unwittingly brings them back from the dead. A critical and commercial disappointment on release, the movie is now justly regarded as a riotously entertaining seasonal classic.
Join us as we discuss virgin shaming, fabulous musical numbers and the boldness of opening a children's movie with an infanticide scene. We also come up with some party-friendly Hocus Pocus drinking games, mix in some alternative readings and try to imagine what the long-rumoured sequel to this movie might actually look like.
Each episode of Beyond The Box Set is dedicated to a classic standalone movie that has never - to date - produced a sequel. Every week we get together to give the movie a light-hearted but thorough dissection, before pitching our own ideas for what a theoretical sequel, prequel or spin-off might look like.
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00.00: Does eating your own face count as scenery chewing?
07.50: The Hocus Pocus Drinking Game
19.35: Alternative Readings - Cats vs Zombies
20.30 Hocus Pocus 2: Fresh Out the Coven
36.55 Game of Hocus Pocus
53.55 Listener Submissions + Episode 37 Preview