Talk:Hocus Pocus (1993 film)

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Initial article[edit]

  • This is just the initial article, please feel free to expand it as you see fit.

<>Who 05:12, 30 May 2005 (UTC)

  • I just changed a typo in the 4th paragraph from "then" to "they". That is all! :)

<>ashley*e 20:17, 11 June 2006 (UTC)

Dance Till You Die[edit]

According to the summary:

"Taking over the stage, the witches perform a Broadway-esque musical number highlighting Midler's talent — and putting a spell on the adults to make them dance until they die."

I thought she was just playing into Max's characterization of her as being the real sanderson sister. She didn't have the spell book with her, so how could she have casted a spell on the parents?

Perhaps she doesnt need her spell book with her to cast simple spells? At the beginning of the movie she doesnt need the book in front of her to zap Thackery with the lightning from her hands. Maybe she only needs the spell book for complex spells and potions. Grey witch 22:15, 3 January 2007 (UTC)
That's not entirely accurate. She flips through the book and then finds the appropriate spell, likely committing it to her short term memory as he enacts it on Max.
Winifred didn't have the book, nor was she able to look at the book to find the apporiate spell to re-animate the dead body of her ex-lover, yet she did. It is likely that she is able to come up with simple spells on the spot as she needs them, however, she often likes to use more complex spells and uses the spell book for that. 03:32, 21 October 2007 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by SilverWolf10 (talkcontribs)

Thackery Binx[edit]

Thackery, not Zachary. June-gloom 02:35, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Cult Film[edit]

This is not a comment against this particular article. However, I feel that the label "cult film" has become quite overused at Wikipedia. Sometimes is seems that every film that was not a blockbuster in theatrical release but has even lukewarm home video sales or broadcast popularity is described as a "cult film". That term used to conjur up images of Rocky Horror, midnight movies, underground films, Divine, and what-not, but now it refers to any film that people still watch after it finishes its theatrical run. PurpleChez 14:48, 25 October 2007 (UTC)

I can understand what you are trying to say, but everytime I've seen cult film mentioned, it actually has been a cult film. This one certainally is as everyone I know thinks this film is fantastic. Wild ste 22:49, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
I like this film too. This wasn't a comment against the film or the article. I still think that the "cult film" label is overused, but I apologize for not being able to back up the statement with examples. To me, this film fits the bill. PurpleChez (talk) 20:34, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
The Wiki rules are quite clear; if you cannot cite sources you can't put it in. Find some respected film publications or critics who acknowledge this film as cult and it can be submitted. Anything else is just original research, which is prohibited. (talk) 22:07, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

ABC Family airing ?[edit]

ABC Family's airirng was bad they cut like a number of scenes like after the witches break the window they went to commercial and then they just went to the witches soaring in the sky wtf? I highly recomend you see Disney Channel's version of the film its uncut but the d word was cut out Matthew Cantrell (talk) 21:56, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

Movie Mistakes[edit]

Hi, I found a an article about mistakes in the movie:

Hocus Pocus (1993) - 24 mistakes
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.
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.
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.
When the witches take Dani back to the museum, the rope they use to tie her up with changes from shot to shot. First it's up around her neck, then it's around her chest.
At Allison's party after she gets Max and herself a drink. One shot shows her going to take a drink, but next shot from behind she takes up the cup again and drinks.
There is a scene when Max and his girlfriend are awakening from their slumber to a room filled with early morning sunlight, but when they open Winifred's magic book, and the beam of light shoots from the rooftop, it is clearly still before dawn.
When Max and Allison rescue Dani from the witches' house, they turn on the car lights to trick the witches into thinking it is daylight. After they get in the car and drive off, the same light that was supposed to have come from the headlight is still shining after they have left.
When the parents are at the party, Dani & Max's mother puts her hands up while she is dancing and you can see her wedding ring. But when the camera cuts to Dani and then back to her again, the ring is gone.
In the scene just after Max summoned the "burning rain of death," when they're in the graveyard, Max's hair and jacket are completely dry after he was soaking wet only five minutes prior.
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.
At the beginning of the film, Winifred's lipstick is small and in the middle of her upper and lower lip. However, as the scenes progress, her lipstick is bigger and she had no time to apply more lipstick - this is before the sisters are hung.
When the two hoodlums are hanging from the ceiling in cages, Mary Sanderson said they would be good with margarine. 300 years ago butter would be the topping of choice as margarine hadn't been invented yet.
Just after the towns-people have hung the three witches, you can see the executioner walking away. They outfit he is wearing is leather and has some sort of metal spikes on it. This outfit is too modern for that particular time.
When the witches chase Max, Dani, and Allison out of the party, they chase them into an alley. Mary tells Winifred that she smells scrod. Then says that they used margarine on it, but they didn't have margarine back then.
In the last scene in the graveyard, when Max is glowing and hanging off of Winifred's broomstick, his hands constantly go from a far to short distance away from the end of the broom between shots.
Right before the witches burst through the roof of Max's house, after they retrieve the book, you can see the charge used to set off the explosion in the window just below where they exit.
When Winifred turns to stone in the graveyard, her fingernails rip shreds of cloth off of Max's sweatshirt (you can see them when he falls). Exactly one minute later, when he is lying down next to Dani and talking to her, it is clear that his sweatshirt is merely ripped, not shredded.
At the beginning of the movie, after the witches suck the life out of Emily, Winifred looks in a mirror and says, "Well . . . younger," and her green jacket, with a hood, is on her. In the next shot, when she says, "But, it's a start," she is not wearing her jacket at all.
The film is set on Halloween (31st October) 1993. At the start of the film, Max is shown at school on Halloween. However, Halloween 1993 was actually a Sunday.
When Mary goes to save Winifred, there is no cord coming from the Hoover. However, next scene shows Dani, Allison and Billy grab a medium sized cord. Next scene then shows the cord much much much bigger.
When the Sanderson sisters suck the life out of Emily Binx, when Winifred says her line, her hood is on, but when they dance in a circle it comes off by itself.
When the Sanderson sisters get on the bus, the headlights on the bus are on because it is dark out. They are visibly on at that point and as well as when the bus runs over Binx but, when the sisters get off of the bus, the lights are not on (it is still dark out and it is only a few minutes later). If the bus was merely letting them off (which it was, it drove away a few seconds later), why were the lights turned off?
Winnie could not have known that Max said, "It's just a bunch of hocus pocus," considering the three of them were still dead at that time. (They couldn't have been ghosts, because she didn't know who lit the black-flame candle.)
In the first graveyard scene, when Allison swats a tree branch at Sarah, Sarah yells, "Ouch," and flies away but the branch never touched her.

Galzigler (talk) 21:53, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

Casting Credit for Binx the Cat[edit]

Why are we giving Sean Murray full credit for this role? Sean Murray is in this movie for one scene. Binx the cat is primarily played by, well, a cat - but he is voiced by Jason Marsden the entire time. For the entire movie. I feel we should be giving Jason Marsden full credit for the character, with the footnote going to Sean Murray instead. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:36, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

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I disagree that Dani is "spoiled" and "addicted to candy." I don't think either label is accurate or necessary. PurpleChez (talk) 15:00, 16 October 2018 (UTC)