In the late 1940’s a man named Joseph Campbell shared his Mythic principal with the world. He explains that there is a three-stage formula that he calls a Hero Journey which is the structure of every story. Though most stories are completely different on the outside, the stories are almost structured around these three stages. Stage 1 is the hero leaves the everyday world and enters another world. While Stage 2 the hero is challenged by opposing forces and must pass a series a test throughout the movie. That will then determine who will be victorious, either the hero or the opposing forces. Stage 3 is tied into Stage 2 because if the hero is victorious, they will return to the ordinary world with a gift for the world.
David Kirschner and Mick Garris fulfilled all the Hero’s Journey steps. The movie Hocus Pocus was directed by Kenny Ortega and is based on the Salem Witch trails back in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600’s. On October 31, 1693, in Salem, Massachusetts, Thackery Binx discovers his sister Emily being spirited away to the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage, a trio of witches. The sisters, Winifred, Sarah and Mary, cast a spell on Emily to absorb her youth and regain their own, killing Emily. Binx confronts them, but the witches transform him into an immortal black cat and to live with his guilt. The townsfolk led by Binx’s father, capture and hang the witches, but Winifred’s spell book casts a curse that will resurrect the witches on All Hallows Eve when a virgin lights