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In our giveaway on Thursday, I asked people to share what movie they usually watch in order to get in the Halloween spirit. While a lot of the usual suspects were mentioned (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown; A Nightmare on Elm Street; Scream), I was actually quite surprised by the large number of votes for the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus, which stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the witchy (literally) Sanderson Sisters. I wonder how many of those contest entrants are aware that their fave film of the season is available at redbox right now?
The love for Hocus Pocus reminded me that there are actually two other Sarah Jessica Parker (or, “SJP” for those of us who read celebrity gossip rags) movies at redbox right now as well: the original Footloose, as well as Striking Distance.
Here’s the rundown on all three:
In this family-friendly Disney flick—directed by Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame—Parker plays the clueless and flirty Sarah Sanderson, the youngest of the aforementioned Sanderson witch trio. She’s like an evil pied piper and lures kiddies into the sisters’ home in order to steal the life force out of them. Check out the tune she coos to achieve her goal, pasted in at the end of this post!
Bette Midler plays Winnie, the eldest and most devious of the sisters, and Kathy Najimy plays Mary, the brightest—but neediest—of the crew. When they’re all accidentally brought back to life in the present day after a centuries-long slumber, the scheming sisters are determined to do whatever it takes to stay alive (and reclaim their youth).
Most people associate this coming-of-age ’80s classic with Kevin Bacon (as the rebellious, just-gotta-DANCE Ren McCormack), but its cast also boasts Lori Singer as Ren’s bad-girl love interest Ariel, John Lithgow and Dianne Wiest as her parents, Chris Penn as Ren’s best friend, and none other than SJP as Rusty, Ariel’s slightly more cautious friend (Parker’s role is played by newcomer Ziah Colon).
Thankfully, this year’s remake held its own and succeeded in bringing the original’s fight-for-your-right-to-boogie storyline into the present day. But there’s still never anything quite like the real thing, right?
This 1993 thriller finds SJP as Bruce Willis’ partner in the Pittsburgh PD. Willis’ character Tom was demoted after stating on TV that he believed a local serial killer might be one of his fellow officers. Now that same murderer is offing Tom’s ex-girlfriends… but yet Parker’s still gotta go and fall for him. Which of course makes her a target now as well. Familiar faces like Tom Sizermore, Dennis Farina, and Andre Braugher are along for the fast-paced ride as well.
But if you still prefer Sarah Jessica Parker as the fashion-forward, unlucky in love “Carrie” from Sex and the City, there are still copies of Sex and the City 2 floating around out there in redbox kiosks!