Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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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.


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: 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.

Corrected entry: Zach can't die until the end of the movie when the witches are killed. He says since they are dead his soul was set free. That should have been the case when they were hanged. Zach should have been set free then instead.

Correction: The witches were not truly dead when they were hanged, as Winifred had cast a spell to keep them "in limbo" until a virgin lit the candle. When they die at the end of the movie, no magic powers are used to offer them a chance at new life, thus making them officially deceased.


Corrected entry: When the witches leave the museum for the first time and think that the road is a river and push Sarah Jessica Parker in, as she twirls and dances you can spot that she's wearing a pair of denim shorts underneath the witch garb.

Correction: They are not shorts they are a type of pantaloon that woman often wore in the 1600s, but they may look like shorts, but they aren't.

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?

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

Corrected entry: When the witches catch Thackery Binx, Mary suggests that they 'barbecue and fillet him.' Barbecuing did not become popular in America until the nineteenth century.

Correction: The first known use of this word is in a work by Aphra Behn of 1690: "Let's barbicu this fat rogue", showing that it was well enough known even then to be used figuratively. The film was made in 1993, so was set in 1693 - 3 years after Aphra Behn's mention of it.

Corrected entry: The lacing on the bodices is wrong, three hundred years ago the 'X' style lacing we use was almost non-exsistent, they would have used spiral lacing or ladder-style lacing.

Correction: Just because something is ALMOST non-existent, doesn't mean it is totally non-existent.

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.

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.

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Corrected entry: When Dani and Max are in Allison's house and they are talking about the witch museum, Dani is surprised at this, but shortly after in the same scene, she tells Max that her friends told her about the place. Why was she so surprised when she was already told about the museum by her friends?

Correction: Its possible that her friends told her what the Sanderson house was like but did not tell her it was a museum considering it would be pointless because the museum was closed down. So she probably thought they walked into the Sanderson house to look around.

Corrected entry: The legend is that the Sandersen sisters will be brought back from the grave if a virgin lights the black flamed candle. In fact, that's what happens 300 years after they are burned at Salem. If the citizens of Salem believed in the witches' curse, then why did they leave the candle intact? Why didn't they have a non-virgin destroy it immediately?

Correction: The witches are magic. They probably made it so only a virgin could light or touch the candle.

Corrected entry: Towards the beginning of the movie, when the three kids go out to explore the old witches' house, and they bring the witches back to life; Max sets off the fire alarms to scare the witches. The whole place gets soaked, even the witches. In the next scene when the witches go outside, they are completely dry. The rest of the night the inside of the house is completely dry too. There is no possible way that everything could have dried off that fast.

Correction: The Witches could possibly say a spell to make everything dry.

Corrected entry: When Winifred summons Billy Butcherson out of his grave, he comes out all in one piece, with all his skin still on. If according to the story, he died over three hundred years ago, he would be completely decomposed. Even his clothes and bones would be gone.

Correction: Being from Massachusetts and knowing the old cemeteries, I can say most have oak trees throughout. Oak trees give off tannic acid which preserves the dead as if they were mummified. Many Scandinavian corpses have been unearthed and looking as if they were only buried a few years ago when they are literally hundreds if not thousands of years old. Clothing included. The Peat Bogs of Britain preserve in the same fashion.

Corrected entry: When Max, his sister, Max's girlfriend and the cat go into the sewers, before Max enters the sewers, he throws the spell book. Then they show him falling down and the book appears in his hands like he has been holding it all the time.

Correction: Max throws the book into the sewer, and when he gets down to the bottom, Allison hands him the book from the bottom of the screen.

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.

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.

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