Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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Corrected entry: When the Sanderson Sisters first return to the house, Sister Sarah reaches up and finds her lucky rat tail just where she left it. It's been 300 years; the rat tail would have decomposed in that amount of time. It has been suggested that since she is a witch, she could have put a resistant spell on it. But we did not see her do that in the movie, and if we do not see it, we cannot use it to explain away the mistake. That "logic" could be used to explain away many of the mistakes caught by the audience.

Robert Sullinger

Correction: You state, "if we do not see it, we cannot use it to explain away the mistake." That's rubbish. In *certain* circumstances that's precisely what we the viewers must do - not everything must be seen onscreen. Sarah says, "My lucky rat tail! Just where I left it!" The fact is, in this particular instance, it actually makes perfect sense that the witch would have used a protective charm/spell on what she claims to be her lucky rat tail, so no harm would come to it.

Super Grover Premium member

Correction: Super Grover is right. Just because we don't see them do it isn't an excuse. In fact, we never saw her put the rat tail there (nor did she even mention it), and by that logic it would be a movie mistake for her just to have reached up and taken it. Watching any movie requires viewers to use a bit of their imagination or suspend disbelief but even more so in fantasy based films like this one.


Corrected entry: When Max is informing the people of Salem at the town hall that the Sanderson sisters have come back to life, Winifred replies by saying "Thank you Max". She was never formally introduced to Max, therefore, she most likely would not have known his name.

Correction: Max introduces himself as the "great and powerful Max" before setting off the sprinkler system.

Corrected entry: In the scene near the end when the zombie is holding Max, he takes the knife from him and cuts open his mouth which had been sewed shut 300 years ago. As he does, you see moths fly out of his mouth. How could they get in his mouth if his mouth had been tightly sewed?


Correction: Same way real insects get into human corpses. Other openings in the body such as the nose or after years of the flesh being fed on it would be easy for there to be an opening in his old skin.

Corrected entry: After the game sunrise scene, as the Ford Explorer screeches to a stop outside of the cemetery gates you can see it has California license plates, not Massachusetts.

Correction: They moved from California to Massachusetts, it was probably because they didn't change their car's registration over yet. As you can see in Max's room there is still a moving box out.

Corrected entry: Just after the towns-people have hung the three witches, you can see the executioner walking away. The outfit he is wearing is leather and has some sort of metal spikes on it. This outfit is too modern for that particular time.

Correction: The scene is set in 1693. Studded leather armour was perfectly common in those days.

Corrected entry: After Max has drunk the potion at the end of the movie, he and Winifred Sanderson are fighting in the air and then both fall into the cemetery. However, the cemetery is hallowed ground, and according to the beginning of the movie, the Sanderson Sisters should technically not be able to set foot on the grounds.

Correction: That is why she turns to stone before she explodes and the other two just explode. She turns to stone because she stepped on hallowed ground.

I have been trying to figure this one out for a few years now and never thought of her turning to stone 1st. Makes sense. Thanks.

This is correct. The other two sisters do not turn to stone because they did not break the Hallowed ground rules. They just exploded because the candle's magic ended at dawn.

Correction: No they turn to stone because the sun comes up.

That's incorrect. Sarah and Mary exploded without turning to stone first. Winnie turned to stone because she was standing on hallowed ground, hence the transformation starting with her feet.

Corrected entry: The sisters were only supposed to be back on Halloween night. When Max, Allison and Dani woke up it was November 1st, so the Sanderson sisters shouldn't have been alive.

Correction: It wasn't sunrise yet - Winifred said as soon as the sun comes up they're dust.


Correction: They weren't; it's hinted at in the opening scene that Sarah's song can awaken a child and draw them to her, hence what happened to Emily Binx.

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, Binx the talking cat speaks with a British accent. The movie is set in Salem, Massachusetts. I know he is supposed to be from 1693, but I don't think many Americans were speaking with British accents. Even if he was originally from England, I'm sure after 300 years he would lose his accent. But seeing his father at the beginning of the movie spoke with an American accent, I doubt he's from England. So where did the accent come from?


Correction: Define American accent. There are many different accents in the States, not including regional dialects. In 1693 people were most definitely speaking with British, as well as Scottish, German, Italian, Irish and many other accents. As for losing an accent, that isn't always so. My father still speaks with a slight German accent at 83 years old, 78 years spent speaking English predominantly. Some people pick up accents from people they associate with. I spent some time in Russia, and came back with a bit of Russian accent just from speaking English with people whose native tongue was Russian.


Corrected entry: Thackery Binx switches between a British accent and an American accent throughout the movie.

Correction: It's conceivable that someone who's been in America for 300 years would experience the changes in accent, and therefore lapse back and forth.

Corrected entry: When the Sanderson Sisters first return to the house, Sister Sarah reaches up and finds her Lucky Rat tail just where she left it. It's been 300 years; the Rat Tail would have decomposed in that amount of time.

Robert Sullinger

Correction: She's a witch, remember? Maybe she put a resistant spell on it.

Movie_Freak 1

Corrected entry: The zombie gets his fingers chopped off by the motorcycle but he is never shown missing fingers at any time in the movie.

Correction: He simply reattached them, just as he is shown doing with his head after it gets knocked off by the tree branch. Since it has been established that he can reattach lost limbs, he is simply not shown putting his fingers back, as it is not necessary to show this ability every time it's used. Not a mistake.


Corrected entry: Max just moved to Salem and all throughout his house we are shown stacks of cardboard boxes, indicating that this is the case as well. One problem: Max's room has no boxes whatsoever, and is completely unpacked, yet he was attending school, and would have had the least amount of time to unpack of the whole family, not to mention he is the only member of the family who is against moving there.


Correction: It's an assumption that he wouldn't unpack for himself, or that his mother wouldn't do his room first to try to get him to feel more comfortable. I've gotten my bedroom set up in a day for a place I was entirely against moving to, so that I had my familiar items around me.


Corrected entry: Just before The Sanderson Sisters put the two bullies in the cages, the blonde boy says, "why is it always the ugly girls out late?" In the background you can see a crew member run out and adjust something on the lawn.

Correction: You are seeing teenagers picking up and tossing toilet paper while TP-ing the house, none of them are crew members.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When Sarah is singing to enchant all the children of Salem, Dani didn't fall under the spell. She was the closest one to her so she must have heard the song.

Correction: Dani was already captured. The song is meant to lure the children to the house so the witches CAN capture them. Perhaps it's useless on Dani since the witches already got her.

Correction: That correction doesn't make a lot of sense. Why would Sarah adjust a widespread spell to enchant all the children except for Dani? It would be more logical to enchant Dani as well to make her compliant.

Sarah is a witch with powers of a siren. In mythology, while a siren's beautiful singing was often too luring to resist; it wasn't unheard-of for there to be some who were able to resist their song if the individual psychologically knew they were in mortal peril before the siren began to lure them. As Dani is very aware that Sarah is dangerous and not really going to "a land of enchantment"; it makes sense she would be able to resist Sarah's siren powers. Not unheard of when it comes to sirens.

Corrected entry: Binx is shown pouring hot liquid from a cauldron that is over a flame, the iron would be too hot for him to touch without getting burned.

Correction: I think it's safe to say he isn't concerned about physical pain at this point.


Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the movie after Binx was transformed into the cat, he tries to get his father's attention and, toward the middle of the movie when the kids show up at the party at Town Hall, Dani tries to prove that the witches are back by telling her mom that the cat can talk. If throughout the entire movie Binx is talking then why didn't he say something to his father or Dani's mother to prove to them who he was?

Correction: Only the witches (since they put the spell on him) and Max, Dani, and Allison, (since Max lit the candle and they're his buddies) can hear Binx. When he goes to his father you only hear a meow - he was trying to talk.

I think this might be more related to them being kids. I think the whole premise of the film is wrapped around the idea of kids being the catalyst to their magic.

I've corrected this before and I said its because the witches returned that he was able to speak again.


Corrected entry: When the witches are about to suck the life force from the girl at the beginning, you can see strands of energy moving towards the witches before they actually start inhaling.


Correction: They're not really breathing it in, in the literal sense, they're just absorbing her life energy into their own. It can be done just by thinking about it really hard, as was the case noted here. But the act of drawing breath helps them to focus their thoughts more effectively, speeding the process up considerably.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, Max's teacher tells the class the story of Binx and the Sanderson sisters (shown as a flashback). Later, Allison talks to Binx and says, "so the legends are true." If no one ever knew what happened to Binx, how did the story get passed down in the first place?


Correction: When the teacher says that no one knows what happened to Binx she means no one knows what his final fate was. Obviously this is because he hasn't yet met his end. At any rate, Allison could merely be referring to the fact that the Sanderson sisters existed or else there wouldn't be a talking cat in their old hometown. And *those* legends do not require knowledge of Thackary Binx for them to be passed from generation to generation.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Mary is flying on a hoover vacuum. The hoover is in mid-air and making the sounds that hoovers make when they are plugged in. How could this happen if she is flying and not plugged into a power source?

julie sheridan

Correction: She's a witch, she most likely can turn it off with her magic.

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Sarah: What is this place?
Mary: It reeks of children!
Winifred: It is a prison for children.

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Trivia: The husband that The Sanderson Sisters mistake for their master (the devil) and his wife are actually brother and sister in real life. Gary and Penny Marshall are also both Hollywood directors, and both primarily direct comedies.


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Question: Throughout the film, everyone says that Binx was trying to prevent the candle from being lit, so why at the end does he thank Max for lighting it, and explain to Emily that he had to wait for the candle to be lit?


Chosen answer: Binx had accepted his fate of being a cat forever so instead, he decided to stop the candle from being lit. It was only near the end of the film that he saw the death of the witches broke his curse.


Answer: He accepted his fate until the end of the movie.

Answer: Binx knew that bringing the Sandersons back to life would be dangerous, so he tried to prevent it. It was only AFTER the group killed the witches that he was thankful since his curse was lifted. He said that to Emily because he waited 300 years for the right person to light the candle and destroy the witches.

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