Hocus Pocus

Factual error: The Sanderson House had been turned into a museum complete with a gift counter. The museum had been closed for years (note the dust and spider webs). The fluid in the lighter Max gets would have evaporated after a few months as Zippos are not airtight like a plastic disposable lighter would be.

Robert Sullinger

Factual error: 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.

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

The official subtitles on a retail copy of the movie says "margarine."

I agree she did say margarine; though it should be pointed out a subtitle should never be used as confirmation to what a line is saying. Just about every movie has incorrect subtitles at some point as the script is not used to create the subtitles. It is determined by watching and going off the audio ridiculous as it is.

The mistake is correct. She does say margarine, not marjoram. She even follows this up with "Or oil. Olive oil works", so she's talking about cooking with some sort of fat, not an herb.

Bishop73

Suggested correction: Mary watched 10-30 minutes of television commercials at "The Master's" house earlier in the evening, so she could have learned about it from TV.

Joey221995

I half agree. Even witches can learn anything from TV. But some how they would have put something in the script to say that.

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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Suggested correction: She did watch TV in the house of the man dressed as Satan so maybe someone said it on TV.

Suggested correction: There is a lot the movie doesn't show us about who they've passed and what they heard all evening. One example being we don't know everything the bus driver said to them. It's perfectly reasonable they heard somebody make reference to a driver's permit and the movie did not show us this conversation deeming it invalid to the plot.

Not referring to a learner's permit. She would have known what it means. She's emulating a cop pulling him over. She would have to know what that means...and know the difference between a license and a learners permit. Enough to find it funny and relevant to the situation.

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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 3 little girls who take the witches brooms from the fence by "Satan's" house are dressed as the Sanderson sisters.

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Question: If the witches were being hung outside the house when Winifred's book showed her how to cast the life spell, where did the black flame candle and its instructions come from?

Answer: They were set up, beforehand, just in case. Winnifred knew about the spell, but she didn't memorize the incantation. So she needed the book to see how to cast it.

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If you pause the movie, you will see that the book opened up to the Black Flame Candle spell.

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