Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993)

36 corrected entries

(12 votes)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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?

Azureth

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.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Max lights the black flame candle and the Sanderson sisters return from the dead, Dani tells the sisters she lit the candle. However, later in the graveyard Sarah Sanderson calls Max the virgin who lit the candle. She could not have known it was Max and not Dani who lit the candle.

Correction: They figured out pretty quickly that Dani was lying about being a witch. They naturally deduced she was also lying about having lit the candle.

Phixius Premium member
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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
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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.

Jazetopher

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.

CocoCami
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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.

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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
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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.

Knever

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
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Corrected entry: In the scene before Sarah goes to the sky to sing Come Little Children, Allison says it's 5am, so why are there kids still trick-or-treating?

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.

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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?

kxj918zz

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.

rswarrior
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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?

tayero_diggular

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
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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.

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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.

Robert Sullinger

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

Movie_Freak 1
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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.

Jazetopher
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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.

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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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Corrected entry: In the end when they are all in the cemetery, Binx jumps on Winnifred and she drops the potion. When she drops it, Max lunges to catch it. Why didn't he just let it drop and smash? He would have saved his sister's life and he wouldn't have had to risk his life by drinking the potion himself.

Correction: Winifred probably would have killed Danni, if not as many of them as possible, out of spite - remember she still has Danni on the broomstick. Max instead saves it to use as a bargaining tool.

He's My Brother
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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.

dizzyd
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Plot hole: After Max and Allison rescue Dani from the witches, Max is driving his parents' car. Winifred flies up along side of them and asks Max to show her his driver's permit. How would she know about driving permits, since she's been dead for 300 years?

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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.

Jazetopher
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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?

JohnShel91

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.

THGhost
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