Hocus Pocus Cast: Where Are They Now?
2:30 pm, October 12th | by
It’s October, which means it’s pumpkin season, cider season, and
Hocus Pocus appreciation season. If you managed to grow up without seeing the Halloween classic your childhood was probably the worst, and you have homework this weekend. If you did see the movie growing up, now’s the time to check your local TV listings to find out which network is airing it this month, because it’s always on and always great. The movie is nearly 20 years old (*pearl clutch*), so it’s also a good time to reflect on your own mortality check in with the cast and see what they’ve been up to since. Let’s do this.
1.Sarah Jessica Parker
Best known in this movie for breathy giggling and singing that creepy "Come little children" song while floating in front of a green screen on a broom stick. What's she been up to since?
Thora Birch was the kid sister in this movie, and then went on to be everyone's indie darling in the early 2000s in movies like "Ghost World" and "American Beauty." Looks like lately things have slowed down with her, as she counts the (excellent, and viewed happily by me, obviously) TV movie "Pregnancy Pact" among her most recent gigs. She still has one of the coolest names in the business, though.
Holy moses, this cast was good. Bette Midler was the evil head of the witches' trio who had a permanently stuffy nose, and permanently pursed lips. What's she been up to lately? Her IMBD credits aren't exactly Oscar material — "Cats And Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore"???? — but it's not like she needs the work. She's Bette Midler, for heaven's sake.
The elusive dream girl in the film who takes a liking to Max and then pays for it by nearly getting human trafficked by a bunch of medieval witches, Shaw was obviously never going to top that role. She's been keeping busy with bit parts on TV, which is fine. She doesn't have anything to prove.
Kathy Najimy is one of those people you think you don't recognize, until you realize she's been in all of your favorite movies (assuming, like me, that those include "Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit" and "The Wedding Planner"). One of her most recent projects is "BearCity 2: The Proposal," but she's probably fine, I'm not worried.
Oh, Max Dennison, the world has not been kind to you! All you wanted was to make out and maybe more with Allison in "Hocus Pocus," and instead you almost got your soul sucked out and your little sister killed too. The ensuing years have not been much better: his last two roles were as "Tattoo Artist" on "General Hospital" in 2000 and the aptly named "Journey Into Night" in 2002. I wonder if October is always hard for him because he has to watch himself on ABC Family eight times a week and think about What Might Have Been.
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