~ Sarah Sanderson while celebrating with her sisters in their newfound youthful beauty.
~ Sarah Sanderson, as the sunrise makes her explode.
Sarah Sanderson is one of the two secondary antagonists of the 1993 Disney live action dark fantasy horror comedy film Hocus Pocus, the other being her sister Mary. She is the youngest witch of the Sanderson Sisters.
In 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, Sarah had an affair with her sister Winnie's lover, William "Billy the Butcher" Butcherson. When Winnie found out, she jealously poisoned Billy and sewed his mouth shut with a dull needle so that he could not reveal her secrets even in death. This infidelity may have caused Winifred to hunt down youth and beauty, as she may have thought that her sister's greater beauty stole Billy from her. Ever since then, their sister Mary has had to act as a peacemaker between the two.
In the 17th century, Sarah lures Emily Binx into the forest to the house where she and her sisters live. However what she does not know is that Emily's older brother named Thackery Binx saw them enter the forest and followed them. Inside the house she helps her two sisters, Winifred and Mary, concoct a potion which will allow them to take the life force of children in order to remain young. Thackery interrupts this however before they can give it to Emily but he is soon overcome by Winifred and they proceed to inhale Emily's life force, killing Emily. They then proceed to turn Thackery into a black cat with immortality so he can 'live forever with his guilt'. But once they perform this spell the villagers arrive at their house and as Winifred and Mary barricade the door Sarah stupidly says what the witches were doing.
The villagers capture the witches and but Winifred prophesies their return via the Black Flame Candle lit on All Hallows Eve by a virgin. Sarah and her sisters are subsequently hanged and left within the forest.
300 years later, a Californian boy named Max takes his sister trick-or-treating and gets together with Allison whose mother used to run the museum that was the Sanderson house. They break into the house and Max foolishly lights the candle thinking that it's just a bunch of hocus pocus and ends up resurrecting the Sandersons. Max steals Winifred's spellbook at the behest of Thackery so that Sarah and her sisters cannot create the potion needed to steal the life force of children and they run.
The children all ran to the cemetery as Thackery led them however the witches all followed them on their broomsticks and nearly got the book back. However, before they can escape Winifred raises Billy Butcherson, her former lover, back from the dead and instructs him to get the book back before flying away to the outside of the cemetery as they cannot set foot on hollowed ground. There they employ the help of a bus driver and ask him to find them children and eventually come across a house owned by a man dressed as the devil who they mistake for their master. They subsequently get into a fight with the man's wife as Sarah was dancing with him but are scared away by the dog. Outside they find that their broomsticks have been stolen.
The witches then follow the children to the party where Max's parents are and after being exposed to the room by Max Winifred takes charge and ridicules him before singing 'I Put A Spell On You' therefore enchanting all the adults causing them to dance forever. After this the children lead the witches to the school after Allison gets an idea from a restaurant and after unwittingly walking into the furnace they are locked in and the children burn them alive.
However, they did not die due to the curse protecting them from death until sunrise and they end up capturing and locking up the two bullies that make fun of Max after they call them ugly. Winifred, desperate for her eternal youth decides to try and make the potion from memory. Sarah, surprisingly, shouts out the correct ingredient but is hushed by Mary who thinks Winifred has all the right answers. At Max's house though Max and Allison open the book therefore allowing it to send out a signal to the witches who fly to the house, using a modern cleaning broom, mop and vacuum cleaner as improvisations for their stolen broomsticks and take the book and kidnap Dani and Thackery. Sarah is instructed to sing her siren song to all the children of Salem so they will go to the Sanderson house.
After brewing the potion again they try to get Dani to drink it but are stop by Max who tricks them into thinking the sun has risen by using the headlights of a car. However they realize they have been tricked and follow the children back to the cemetery and attempt to get Dani to drink the potion again though Winifred drops the potion whilst Sarah tries to help Mary escape the children. Max catches the potion and threatens to smash it though instead drinks it after Winifred says she'll kill Dani if he smashes it. After a struggle with Max Winifred and the boy both fall to the ground and Winifred starts to take his life force but the sun comes up. Winifred turns to stone and explodes in green light whilst Sarah and Mary implode in purple and red light.
At the end of the movie, however, the book is seen and it blinks, therefore hinting the witches may return once again.
Sarah is very flirtatious and romantic. She loves to play with people, and hates men who reject her. She is childlike and distractable to her sisters' irritation. She enjoys playing with people and uses her powers to enchant men and children. However she is also very obedient towards her oldest sister, Winifred. Winnie is constantly irritated by Sarah's naiveté and penchant for missing the point, as well as an apparent habit of finding unusual words amusing and gleefully repeating them in a singsong voice. She also had a crush on max despite him being fifteen years old at the time which means she is an Ephebophile because she was an adult at the time and this is also because she had a crush on thackery when he was young while she was still and adult at the time.
The movie's original script notes that Sarah "likes to torture things: small animals, children, bugs, you name it. Any suggestion of cruelty (to somebody else) sends her into a fit of idiotic, cackling laughter, while any fear for herself sends her into a fit of terrified screaming."
Sarah is thought to be the most attractive of the sisters. She has long wavy white-blonde hair, blue eyes, dark, smoky eyeshadow, wears dark red lipstick, and has a beauty mark on the right side of her chin. She wears a red laced-sleeved, low cut, dusty pink corset that emphasizes her ample bosom and a skirt composed of red and purple cloth. When outside or flying, she wears a purple cloak she also wears tan stockings that end at black garters and black lace boots.
Powers and Abilities
Sarah has the power to enchant and hypnotize others with her beautiful yet eerie singing voice. She uses this ability to lure children into following her. She is a competent flyer, and can use a mop as a broomstick. She is also adept at casting spells and brewing potions, which she often did with the help of her sisters. She is the only witch beside Winifred that attacks any of the children in the movie.
The origin of the song's lyrics are an ongoing debating. Some report that it came from an Edgar Allen Poe poem titled "Come Little Children". However, Poe scholars dispute this claim because no such poem appears in Poe's official omnibus, and the lyrics do not match his style.
Sarah is a witch from Salem. Years after the movie was made, Sarah's actress, Sarah Jessica Parker had her family history examined and discovered that Esther Elwell, one of her ancestors, was accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem.