Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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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.

Corrected entry: In the beginning when the boy runs after his sister to save her from the witch, it is morning and it is light outside. After he looks in the window of the Sanderson house, it is dark outside.

Correction: No it's not. If you look behind him you can really bright blue sky of an early morning.

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: 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.

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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.


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: When the sisters are about to be hanged, the lynch mob can see that Winifred is casting a spell to allow them to come back to life, yet the mob just politely allows her to finish the spell before finally hanging them. Bear in mind that this scene takes place at a time when people genuinely thought witchcraft was real, so the townspeople had no reason to let her recite a spell.

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Correction: Two things about this. 1. They had just been singing, which could in itself have been a spell to disorientate the people enough to prevent them from trying to stop their next spell. 2. Mr. Binx had just told everyone not to listen to them, and most of them covered their ears. Also, it's likely that if anybody was in a position to stop them, they could very well have just been too afraid to try.


Corrected entry: When the witches follow Mary into the alley after singing I Put A Spell On You, Mary Sanderson said she smelled Scrod, a bottom feeder that would be good with margarine. 300 years prior to that, butter would be the topping of choice as margarine hadn't been invented until the 1800s, when the sisters were dead.

Correction: She doesn't say margarine. She says marjoram, which is a herb.

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.

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: When the children go to the old Sanderson house, Allison shows Dani Winifreds spell book. It is in a glass box. After the black flame candle has been lit, Winifred comes and pokes it and talks to it. Later on, Max has to smash open the box to get it out. The glass disappears and reappears.


Correction: This was not a mistake. Winifred taps the glass as she speaks to the book. The glass is there the entire time.

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.

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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.

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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.

Corrected entry: When Billy used the knife to open up his mouth from the stitches, he has no teeth, or any he does have are black. However, in the scene where Max takes the potion, the first shot of Billy after that shows him with clear white teeth. Then they disappear, until after Winifred blows up, and Billy says "Yea" it shows him with white teeth again.

Correction: His mouth is black when he first opens it and coughs up dust because it's wide open and he's not showing his teeth. As soon as he speaks you see his teeth and they don't go away except when his mouth is wide open and his lips obscure them.

Corrected entry: When Max first hands Allison the note with his name and number on it, his name and number are spaced apart. When Allison later returns the note to Max, you can see that it is indeed a different note.

Correction: Not a mistake, but a deliberate plot point. Allison purposefully gives Max a different note to mislead him into thinking she was giving him her own number.

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.

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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.


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 Winifred brings Billy back to life, on his gravestone it says he died in 1695. Binx describes how Winifred killed him, but Winifred had already been dead for two years when Billy died.

Correction: Billy died in 1693-it's marked on gravestone, which would make it correct that the witch killed him way before her death.

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.

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Winifred: I'll have your guts for garters, girl.



After the Sanderson sisters are done sucking the life out of Emily Binx, they do a little dance thing after they become younger. When either Winifred or Mary swings past her, Emily's leg moves even though she's supposed to be dead.



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.