Like toffee apples and trick or treating,is a hilarious and haunting Halloween classic that stands the test of time. From a talking black cat to witches, magic spells and even a foul-mouthed zombie, this 1993 Disney movie takes all your favourite parts of this holiday and combines them into one ultimate Halloween movie masterpiece. In fact, Hocus Pocus still airs on Disney Channel every year and has developed a cult following of fans who are (understandably) majorly obsessed with the Sanderson sisters.
But even the most loyal fans miss a few details here and there. No matter how many times you might have seen Winifred, Mary and Sarah sashay down the sidewalk in unison or figure out how to navigate the wonders of public transportation, Hocus Pocus is the movie that is always full of surprises. Here are a few head-scratching facts you probably missed about the film that might make you want to go watch it one more time.
At the very beginning of the film, the sisters' plan to suck the life from Emily and Thackery Binx (yeah, not Zachery) is foiled and they are hung for their crimes — which is honestly a pretty intense way to start a Disney movie. But before they are killed, the sisters manage to cast a spell that will resurrect them if the Black Flame Candle is lit by a virgin on All Hallows Eve. It would have been just as easy for Winifred to cast a spell that froze the townspeople or at least cut them loose from their ropes, community contributor Kelly Schremph points out on . There were so many magical opportunities to escape. It kind of makes you question if they were really the smartest witches around.
After the Sanderson sisters are hung in front of all the townspeople, Thackery, also known as Binx in his cat form, tries to get his father's attention by rubbing up against his legs and following him. Binx's dad ends up calling him a beast and ignoring him, leaving the cat to wander the town for the next 300 years without a family. But in the future, Dani, Max and Allison have no problem hearing him speak as soon as they meet him. As Kelly also points out on , there's no reasoning behind Binx not being able to talk at the beginning of the film. This might be a classic case of kids only being able to understand magical creatures, but a little explanation would have been nice — for the audience and Binx.
Hocus Pocus is amazing in more ways than one, but the amount of historical inaccuracies are a little hard to overlook once you've noticed them. that the first major flaw pops up when Sarah Sanderson, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, opens up her mouth to laugh and reveals a filling or a gold tooth in the back of her mouth. As magical as they might have been, dentistry wasn't quite advanced enough to make this seem accurate. Later in the movie, Billy the zombie is also resurrected; his mouth covered in stitches and his clothes tattered from being dead for 300 years. But what really comes off as strange is that Billy still has his skin, which probably should have deteriorated by the time the movie took place. Still, there's no telling if Billy the Skeleton would have been nearly as fun as Billy the Zombie.
When Winifred is while flying on her broom, she makes a joke of asking to see his driver's permit. As hilarious as this was, it does bring about the question of how she knew what a driver's permit was at all since she hasn't been around for the last three centuries. In another demonstration of Winifred's unquestioned knowledge, of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' 1956 hit 'I Put a Spell on You'. But no matter how inaccurate it is, Winnie's rendition of the song has definitely become a Halloween classic.
Just like any other movie, Hocus Pocus has its flaws and inconsistencies that don't seem like much at first but are always fun to point out later on when you're re-watching the film with friends. For instance, as points out, Sarah's hair is constantly switching from curly to straight throughout the film, which might actually be a shout out to Dorothy's changing hair lengths in the Wizard of Oz. Also, there are several points throughout the movie where the wires on Mary's broom are visible, and there is one scene when Max and Allison are in the kitchen where the camera crew can be seen in the window's reflection. If you look closely, you can also see Mrs. Dennison's ring disappear and reappear in the scene where she's talking to Dani at the party. And probably the biggest flaw, as pointed out by is that Max's jacket gets soaked after he sets off the sprinklers at the Sanderson sisters' museum, but it's completely dry only minutes later.
First off, why were there so many lighters next to the Black Flame Candle at the empty museum? It's possible they were left behind as un-purchased souvenirs meant for tourists, but why would they be for sale if no one had ever tried to light the candle before? "Legend says that, on a full moon, it will raise the spirits of the dead when lit by a virgin on Halloween light," Max reads off the candle's placard before offering Allison the lighter to do the honours. "No, thanks," Allison declines. There's definitely no shame in this going over your head as a kid, but it sounds like Allison might have known lighting the candle wouldn't work for her, implying she is not a virgin, as one suggests. It's also possible she just didn't feel like lighting it, but at least she wasn't the one who brought back the Sanderson sisters.
If you're a fan of the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, some of the movie magic in Hocus Pocus might have been spoiled for you when this house appeared on screen. The house, located in Burbank, California shows up behind Max when he is outside on the sidewalk talking to Binx after the witches have been thrown in the kiln, as pointed out on . The house might not have been able to be spotted from space in this film, but it's definitely still recognisable.
Winifred's belovedis probably one of the creepiest things in the entire movie. The way it levitates and blinks at everyone with its solitary eye is enough to make anyone shiver. But it you look even more closely at the movie, you'll notice that the sisters' life potion isn't the only thing the book has to offer. Shots of Winifred looking at the book reveal that it is also equipped with a list of excruciating punishments that get pretty creative, including boils, amnesia, aching bones and cholera.
Binx's actual death at the end of the movie is one of the saddest moments of the film. But once the Sanderson sisters are officially defeated, Binx must let his cat form go and become a ghost again, since he is freed from the spell the witches cast on him at the start of the movie. This applies to everything the sisters cast a spell on, including Billy the Zombie, even though he gets the opportunity to fall back into his grave, as points out. As amazing of a character as he was and as satisfying as it was to see him fall back for a peaceful sleep in his grave rather than just collapse into a pile of bones, why Billy didn't do just that is a little confusing.
When the Sanderson sisters climb off of the bus, they find themselves in front of "Satan's" house, and leave their broomsticks propped up against the fence outside as they follow him into his house. A few moments later, come up and take the brooms, enjoying their first real flight on actual magical broomsticks. It isn't clear whether the girls were dressed as the witches as a cute references to the witches' history in Salem, or. Either way, this scene was awesome and might have even made you wish you could fly on a real broomstick, too, as a kid.