History Film / HocusPocus

18th Jun '17 9:25:36 PM jormis29
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A 1993 [[HalloweenSpecial Halloween-themed]] Creator/{{Disney}} film for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids "kids"]]. This was the second film directed by Kenny Ortega, previously known for ''{{Newsies}}'' (1993). Now considered [[CultClassic a cult favorite]], the film's rather campy, but pretty entertaining. It does, after all, contain a memorable rendition of "I Put A Spell On You" by Bette Midler. The song "Come Little Children" from this film went on to become a Halloween classic.

The film opens in the year 1693. Thackery Binx (role shared by Sean Murray and Creator/JasonMarsden), a teenager living in Salem, Massachusetts, discovers his little sister Emily (Amanda Shepherd) has gone missing. Emily has been lured away to the farm of the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches--consisting of older sister/leader Winifred "Winnie" (Bette Midler), middle child/tracker Mary (Kathy Najimy) and little sister/siren-like predator Sarah (Creator/SarahJessicaParker) -- who suck the life-forces of little children to prolong their lives; such is the fate suffered by Emily. Thackery attempts to save her, but the sisters transform him into an immortal black cat. The sisters are soon after captured by the townspeople and hanged. Before her death, Winnie pronounces her death-curse, that "on AllHallowsEve, when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground."

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A 1993 [[HalloweenSpecial Halloween-themed]] Creator/{{Disney}} film for [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids "kids"]]. This was the second film directed by Kenny Ortega, previously known for ''{{Newsies}}'' (1993). Now considered [[CultClassic a cult favorite]], the film's rather campy, but pretty entertaining. It does, after all, contain a memorable rendition of "I Put A Spell On You" by Bette Midler.Creator/BetteMidler. The song "Come Little Children" from this film went on to become a Halloween classic.

The film opens in the year 1693. Thackery Binx (role shared by Sean Murray and Creator/JasonMarsden), a teenager living in Salem, Massachusetts, discovers his little sister Emily (Amanda Shepherd) has gone missing. Emily has been lured away to the farm of the Sanderson sisters, a trio of witches--consisting of older sister/leader Winifred "Winnie" (Bette Midler), (Creator/BetteMidler), middle child/tracker Mary (Kathy Najimy) and little sister/siren-like predator Sarah (Creator/SarahJessicaParker) -- who suck the life-forces of little children to prolong their lives; such is the fate suffered by Emily. Thackery attempts to save her, but the sisters transform him into an immortal black cat. The sisters are soon after captured by the townspeople and hanged. Before her death, Winnie pronounces her death-curse, that "on AllHallowsEve, when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground."
17th Jun '17 10:01:54 AM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant While a 1994 side-scrolling platformer]] [[SimilarlyNamedWorks by the same name]] [[IThoughtItMeant also exists, they don't have any connection to each other]]. Also unrelated is KurtVonnegut's 1991 novel of the same name.

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[[IThoughtItMeant While a 1994 side-scrolling platformer]] [[SimilarlyNamedWorks by the same name]] [[IThoughtItMeant also exists, they don't have any connection to each other]]. Also unrelated is KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's 1991 novel of the same name.
10th Jun '17 12:23:25 PM Angeldeb82
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** An interesting case of DidTheResearch, at that; the original purpose of dressing in costumes on All Hallow's Eve was to hide from monsters, and the Sandersons certainly qualify.

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** An interesting case of DidTheResearch, ShownTheirWork, at that; the original purpose of dressing in costumes on All Hallow's Eve was to hide from monsters, and the Sandersons certainly qualify.
11th Apr '17 3:11:02 PM JamesSwann
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*** While "thee" is most often treated as singular, it's also the correct pronunciation of the plural form "Þe", which modern typography renders as "ye". Said plural form was in use in 1693, though rapidly falling out of fashion.
22nd Mar '17 3:24:45 PM fearlessnikki
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* ActuallyRealMagic: Max thinks the tale about the candle is laughable, and lights it.



* AluminumChristmasTrees: The Sanderson sisters are hanged, not burned, which is much more historically accurate to the fate of most of the Salem witches.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: AluminumChristmasTrees:
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The Sanderson sisters are hanged, not burned, which is much more historically accurate to the fate of most of the Salem witches.



* AndIMustScream: Ironically, This would have been Winnie's fate at the end, had she succeeded in draining Max's life force, having violated hallowed ground.

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Ironically, This would have been Winnie's fate at the end, had she succeeded in draining Max's life force, having violated hallowed ground.]]



* EnthrallingSiren: Sarah's gift is to lure children with haunting singing.



* EvilRedhead: Winifred the witch has red hair.

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* EvilRedhead: Winifred the witch has red hair. She's also easily the most evil out of the three.



** She also openly talks about Max's love of Allison's "Yabbos".



%%* GenkiGirl: Sarah.

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%%* * GenkiGirl: Sarah.Sarah is giddy and excited about everything.



* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Sarah - the prettiest and most feminine of the sisters - is colour-coded with purple. As she's a witch, there's some overlap with PurpleIsPowerful and SupernaturalIsPurple.



%%* TheHecateSisters

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%%* TheHecateSisters* TheHecateSisters: The Sandersons. Sarah the youngest is the Maiden, Mary the right hand one to Winnie is the Matron, and Winnie takes on the role of the Crone.



%%* HotWitch: Sarah

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%%* * HotWitch: SarahSarah is the prettiest witch of the three, and her outfit emphasises her breasts. She's also hit on by plenty of characters.



* JacobMarleyApparel: [[spoiler: Binx and Emily's ghosts at the end are wearing the clothes they died in]].



%%* RedheadInGreen: Winifred.

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%%* * RedheadInGreen: Winifred.Winifred is the redhead in the trio of sisters and she's colour-coded with green.



* SpoiledSweet: Downplayed but Allison's parents are rich, with a BigFancyHouse and she is a kind and sweet girl.



* VainSorceress: The witch sisters are delighted to have become young and beautiful again in the prologue after draining life from a child.

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* VainSorceress: The witch sisters are delighted to have become young and beautiful again in the prologue after draining life from a child. Winifred also flips out when she's called ugly.



* WitchClassic: of the WickedWitch type. Three of them sucking the souls out of little children.

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* WitchClassic: of Of the WickedWitch type. Three of them sucking the souls out of little children.



* WouldHurtAChild: The Sanderson sisters drain Emily's life.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The Sanderson sisters drain Emily's life.life and intend to do so with all the children of Salem.
25th Dec '16 7:11:11 AM MrInitialMan
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* ActuallyRealMagic: Max thinks the tale about the candle is laughable, and lights it.
18th Dec '16 7:23:29 PM Discar
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* HaveAGayOldTime: Invoked in setting up the AManIsNotAVirgin RunningGag.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: Invoked in setting up the AManIsNotAVirgin VirginShaming RunningGag.



* AManIsNotAVirgin: The audience is reminded every five minutes that [[OverlyLongGag Max is one]] because no one can believe that a guy his age is still one.


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* VirginShaming: The audience is reminded every five minutes that [[OverlyLongGag Max is one]] because no one can believe that a guy his age is still one.
23rd Nov '16 6:22:55 PM Cakeman
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* AHellOfATime: According to Winifred, hell is quite lovely.
1st Nov '16 9:39:20 PM DeusDenuo
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** The children tried to get help from their parents and the rest of the party-goers. They don't believe them and think it's some kind of Halloween prank.

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** The children tried to get help from their parents and the rest of the party-goers. They don't believe them and think it's some kind of Halloween prank.[[note]]In their defense, the parents ''quickly'' catch on that something is in fact quite wrong and that their kids are serious... but the witches manage to cotton on to how Halloween works in the modern day and play it off as a joke introduction for a song-and-dance number.[[/note]]
30th Oct '16 8:33:40 AM Poppy
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* BigBadDuumvirate: The Sanderson sisters, ostensibly - though from very early on, it's quite clear that Winifred is the dominant one, thus making her the BigBad and Sarah and Mary her CoDragons.

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* BigBadDuumvirate: [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]]: The Sanderson sisters, ostensibly - though from very early on, it's quite clear that Winifred is the dominant one, thus making her the BigBad and Sarah and Mary her CoDragons.
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