Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is a Halloween themed movie from 1993 directed by Kenny Ortega starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. It's listed as a family movie, but I think it's more for adults than children. What I really like about it is the makeup and costume design. For close-ups of the witch makeups see a set of images here

More than a dozen people worked in the costume department with costume designer Mary E. Vogt to help bring the characters to life. The central theme is how to regain youth; the age-old problem of witches.

Photo courtesy by Jason at hollywoodmoviecostumesandprops

I like Sarah Jessica Parker's dress the best. It makes her look like a princess witch. A character that is too beautiful for a witch, yet too wicked for a princess. She looks wampy with her golden tresses, low cleavage and smoky eye-makeup. Bette Midler's costume is for a queen witch that comes with rabbit teeth dentures, nails that are literally electrifying, and period hair. Kathy Najimy sports a cone-shaped updo and spidery eyelashes.

Jason's site is a treasure box for any fan of beautiful movie costumes. 

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