“Hocus Pocus” is one of Parker’s most memorable films, with a popularity that has grown from year to year. In fact, the movie is so beloved that a sequel is currently in production, set to be released in 2022. In the original film, Parker plays Sarah Sanderson, one of three ancient witches revived from the dead when a curse is accidentally enacted by a young teenager. “I play a weird half-wit, a psychotic Lolita witch. She’s dumb — oh man, is she dumb,” Parker once said (per the Seattle Times). Along with her sisters and fellow witches Winifred (Bette Midler) and Mary (Kathy Najimy), Sarah aims to prey on the children of Salem, Massachusetts, using her delicate singing voice as a tool to lure them in.
“Hocus Pocus” was not well-reviewed when it came out in 1993 – the film has a 38% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. However, its audiences ratings are solid, and it has become a Halloween classic. As dim, sultry Sarah, Parker easily goes toe-to-toe with comic forces Midler and Najimy. “Najimy and Parker have their moments of ramshackle comic inspiration,” said the Entertainment Weekly reviewer. The Hollywood Reporter also praised the three actors for their comedic talents, writing that, “you don’t need a crystal ball to predict that turning Midler loose as a comic witch is magical, but Parker, with her spastically sexy movements, and Najimy, with her flittery doofy reactions, remarkably hold their own.”