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* AngstWhatAngst:
** A justified example; after being brutally murdered, [[spoiler:Emily in her three hundred years of afterlife found time to cope with the trauma. By the time she comes to fetch her brother Thackeray, she's a CheerfulChild who asks her brother why it took him so long to reach heaven.]]
** Averted with Thackeray Binx. He carries the trauma and guilt of failing Emily as he wanders around in cat form for hundreds of years. The only time he's truly happy is when Max and Danni offer to make him part of their family, [[spoiler:and when he's finally freed from his curse and allowed to move on to the afterlife.]]
** Also averted with Dani, a BrattyHalfPint who finds herself chased by witches who want to suck her dry and hurt her new cat friend. At the end of the movie, she sobs when [[spoiler:Binx dies and she's begging him to wake up.]]
* ClicheStorm: Is there a single late-[[TheEighties Eighties]] or early-[[TheNineties Nineties]] comedy trope they missed? Let's see here....We've got a CoolLoser hero with a pretty heavy [[DeadpanSnarker snarker persona]]; his clueless yuppie parents; his bratty younger sibling; a cute talking animal; villains who [[AffablyEvil spend at least as much time making dreadful wisecracks as doing anything truly evil]]; satirical jabs galore...
* CriticalDissonance: The movie garnered a 30% "Rotten" score from the critics, but received a much higher score of 70% from the audience.
* CultClassic: It wasn't a great hit at the box office or with critics but has become a modern Halloween classic.
* EarWorm:
** "I Put A Spell On You" is a catchy up-beat VillainSong sung by ''Creator/BetteMidler''. It would have to be this.
** "Come Little Children" is haunting and darkly contrast to the Sanderson sisters' intentions.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Billy only shows up in the last third but tends to be well-remembered and a favorite of fans of the film. Being played by Creator/DougJones certainly helps.
* EvilIsCool: The Sanderson sisters are much funnier and more interesting than most of the protagonists, ''and'' get an iconic VillainSong that doubles as an EarWorm. The only thing that keeps RootingForTheEmpire from kicking in is they're targeting children.
* EvilIsSexy: Sarah is played by Sarah Jessica Parker in her prime, with beautiful blonde RapunzelHair, a dress that shows plenty of cleavage and plenty of innuendo jokes. She's a HotWitch if ever there was one.
* HamAndCheese: The film is corny, sure, but those witches sure make up for it. Bette Midler did call this her favourite role after all.
* HarsherInHindsight: When Sarah Jessica Parker did ''Series/WhoDoYouThinkYouAre'' she was very disturbed to discover that one of her ancestors was accused of being a witch in Salem, MA. Before learning about her ancestor, she says she would rather have her being accused than doing the accusing. [[spoiler:Luckily the witch craze effectively ended ''one month before her trial''.]]
* HilariousInHindsight:
** When Max rescues Dani from certain death by the Sanderson Sisters, he says, "I know one kind of power that you don't have!" (or something like that), and Winnie asks, "And what is that, ''dude?''" before he replies with, "It's [[UsefulNotes/InternationalDateLine Daylight Savings Time]]," followed by the turned-on car lights pretending to be the sun that harms them. Considering that it was a joke back in 1993 (when DST ended on the last Sunday of October in the U.S.), the new U.S. Daylight Saving Time rules weren't around until 14 years later, when DST now ends on the first Sunday of November from 2007 onward. The joke now still works ''only'' if [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] happens to fall on the day ''before'' the first Sunday of November (i.e., Saturday, October 31).
** Sarah Jessica Parker is on Fanservice duty as the sexy one of the witches. On her [[Series/SexAndTheCity famous TV show]], she was infamous as the only one of the main cast who didn't do on-screen nudity - and derided as ugly by lads' mags and gossip blogs.
* HollywoodHomely: The witches are frequently referred to as "ugly" or "hags" by the protagonists - except for Sarah who's MsFanservice - but Winnie and Mary lean more towards UglyCute.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Some people just watch it for Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker hamming it up and clearly having a ball doing so.
* LGBTFanbase: It's as {{camp}} [[UpToEleven as twelve tents]], stars three major gay icons, and was even directed by an openly gay filmmaker. It would honestly be more shocking if this ''didn't'' have a queer fanbase!
* MemeticLoser: Max is this in the film itself, due to the amount of times it makes fun of him for being a virgin.
* MemeticMutation: Long after this movie left theaters, you couldn't use the word "amok" without somebody chiming in with Sarah Sanderson's sing-songy "A-MUCK, a-MUCK, a-MUCK, a-MUCK!"
* NauseaFuel:
** "A bit of thine own tongue."
** Sarah eating a spider.
* NeverLiveItDown: Max's perpetual VirginShaming (he's 15, by the way). It tends to be overblown by non-fans, but there are plenty of viewers who are so turned off by it that they're willing to dismiss the whole movie as a result.
* NightmareFuel:
** The book bound in human flesh, the zombie of a man who was killed for cheating, a boy cursed to live with his guilt by being trapped as an immortal black cat, and witches who hunt down and suck the souls out of children.
** The ColdOpen is utter NightmareFuel. Emily, a little girl from Salen, is hypnotized and forced to drink a potion that allows the witches to suck out her life, and she's killed within seconds. It's unclear if she's even aware of what happens. Thackeray, her brother, is ForcedToWatch after he's changed into a cat.
** Mr. Binx demanding to know where his son is, which doubles as TearJerker. What makes it terrifying is that the witches, tied up and strung on the gallows, laugh and refuse to answer. Even when facing death, they remain utterly petty.
** The bit where Binx gets flattened by a bus then re-inflates is hard to watch (especially for cat owners), even if he shakes it off instantly. "I hate it when that happens."
** Sarah's song luring the children to them to suck out their souls. Make no mistake: the Sanderson sisters suck out THE SOULS OF CHILDREN. No matter how enjoyably hammy their performances are, they are evil to the core.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** In the 1964 short WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "Bewitched Bunny", Hanzel and Gretel turn to Witch Hazel and say, "Ack, your mother rides a vacuum cleaner" before fleeing.
** ''Hocus Pocus'' didn't originate the UnusualEuphemism "Yabbos." According to [[http://www.imdb.com/search/text?realm=title&field=quotes&q=Yabbos IMDB]], "yabbos" was used in ''National Lampoon's Film/AnimalHouse for breasts in the phrase "major-league yabbos."
* OneSceneWonder: Those skull-faced jazzers/rockers at the Halloween party were pretty cool. It may take a second viewing to realize that these performers segued from "Witchcraft" into "I Put a Spell on You" shortly before Winifred took over the show.
* SignatureScene:
** The "I Put a Spell on You" VillainSong scene is probably the most iconic part of the film.
** "Come Little Children" is also a very well-known song, though it may be considered mildly CoveredUp as many people online don't know (or remember) its source.
* {{Squick}}:
** Tastefully averted with Emily Binx. She gets all the youth and vitality drained from her at the beginning of the film - but she slumps over in death, leaving only her ''gray hair'' visible. One can only imagine what her ''face'' looks like.
** The examples under NauseaFuel above play the trope straight.
** So does Binx being visibly squashed after being run over.
* TearJerker: Admit it - you cried [[spoiler: when Binx died]], too.
* TestosteroneBrigade: Between a voluptuous Sarah Jessica Parker providing plenty of {{Fanservice}} and the beautiful GirlNextDoor quality of Vinessa Shaw, there's plenty of straight male fans too.
* ToyShip: Thackery/''Dani'', if you can believe it.
* ValuesDissonance: A children's film where such emphasis is put on a teenager's virginity probably wouldn't fly as easily as it did in the early nineties.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The TV version in America is rated TV-14 but it's still considered a family-friendly classic:
** Considering how constantly it points out Max's lack of a sex life...
** Dani makes a joke about Alison's boobs - more specifically how much Max likes them.
** The dead body of a child being shown onscreen in the first ten minutes...
** The cat getting run over, and seen flattened on-screen, has freaked out many people. Of course he turns out to [[DisneyDeath be alive seconds later]] but still...
* TheWoobie:
** Say what you will about the film, overall, but you just can't help but feel very sorry for poor Binx. The poor kid fights for all his worth to save his little sister, just to fail and then endure a PainfulTransformation [[BalefulPolymorph into a cat]]. Then he gets rejected by his father who he was trying to communicate with in his hour of grieving. Finally, and this is the juicy bit, he spends the next few hundreds years, alone, with only his self-appointed duty in keeping the witches from coming back to give him purpose, but otherwise wandering aimlessly through his own personal, eternal hell. The only thing that averts this from being a full on AndIMustScream is that he somehow relearns how to talk as a cat.
** Then there is Mr. Binx, Emily and Thackeray's father. He finds out that [[AdultFear his little girl is missing]], and that his son is going after the local witches. He manages to raise an angry mob and subdue the witches, but he finds his daughter's corpse rapidly aged in the cottage, and Thackeray nowhere in sight. The scene where he interrogates the witches on the gallows about his son's whereabouts is quite a TearJerker, especially when Binx in cat form tries to approach him and he doesn't realize the truth.
** Max himself. He misses his old home and friends, it's hard moving to a new area, especially when you're a teenager, and his first day of school involves him being humiliated and having his trainers stolen. He's then constantly pestered by his bratty sister, and not once do his parents punish her for annoying him and going into his room, and then is forced to take her out trick or treating. A lot of it is typical teenage angst, but poor Max does seem very down during the start of the movie, especially when he ''tries'' to take refuge in his room. Being harassed for lighting the candle doesn't help matters.
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