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YMMV: Hocus Pocus

  • Cliché Storm: there a single late-Eighties or early-Nineties comedy trope they missed? Let's see here....We've got a Cool Loser hero with a pretty heavy snarker persona; his clueless yuppie parents; his bratty younger sibling; a cute talking animal; villains who spend at least as much time making dreadful wisecracks as doing anything truly evil; satirical jabs galore...
  • Ear Worm: "I Put A Spell On You".
    • "Come Little Children"
  • Ending Fatigue: Ah, good - the witches have been roasted alive!...But wait - they somehow managed to survive! Thank heavens, they can't do any more harm without Winnie's book...But wait - those two geniuses, Allison and Max, got the bright idea to open it after Binx told them not to! Whew, Max just psyched the witches out with the old "headlights" ploy...Oh, darn - they just realized they're still alive!, etc.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Binx, full stop. Heaven knows he's far more interesting than anyone else in the cast barring the witches, themselves. He's also most sympathetic character, given his nightmare fuelish backstory.
    • Billy is a more notable example, in that he is a much smaller role who tends to be well-remembered and a favorite of fans of the film.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sarah.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: A teenager who's still a virgin is a loser and deserves to be mocked until he finally does get laid. Especially weird to see this coming from a Disney film.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Sarah Jessica Parker did Who Do You Think You Are 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 then doing the accusing. Luckily the witch craze effectively ended one month before her trial.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 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 Halloween happens to fall on the day before the first Sunday of November (i.e., Saturday, October 31).
    • Of course, there's also the fact that DST makes the sun rise an hour later and not an hour earlier, no matter when it is.
    • Binx, an immortal black cat. Not unlike Sissel by the end of Ghost Trick.
    • This film is one of the two times a Disney movie has a friendly Zombie in it, the other is from Wreck-It Ralph.
  • Hollywood Homely: The witches are frequently referred to as "ugly" or "hags" by the protagonists but only Winnie is physically ugly. Sarah and arguably even Mary, on the other hand, are rather attractive.
    • This is less about their physical attributes and more about their personalities. As Dani points out, Winifred and her sisters sold their souls and regularly try to slaughter children to keep themselves young, so no matter how good they can make themselves look on the outside, inside they're utterly horrible.
    • This however, doesn't explain the bullies commenting about them in their complaint about only "ugly chicks being out late".
  • Memetic Mutation: 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!"
  • Nausea Fuel: "A bit of thine own tongue."
    • Sarah eating a spider.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The book, zombies, immortal black cats really a boy denied entrance to heaven and soul sucking witches.
  • Older Than They Think: In the 1964 short Looney Tunes 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 Unusual Euphemism "Yabbos." According to IMDB, "yabbos" was used in ''National Lampoon's Animal House for breasts in the phrase "major-league yabbos."
  • One-Scene Wonder: 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.
  • Squick: Tastefully averted. Emily Binx 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Admit it - you cried when Binx died, too.
  • Toy Ship: Thackery/Dani, if you can believe it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Considering how constantly it points out Max's lack of a sex life...
    • Not to mention the dead body of a child being shown onscreen in the first ten minutes...
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Given the high density of A Man Is Not a Virgin jokes directed at someone not even 16 yet, you just have to wonder if the entire staff didn't have access to some kind of illegal substance when they decided that was perfect material for a children's film.
  • The Woobie: 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 Painful Transformation 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 And I Must Scream is that he somehow relearns how to talk as a cat.

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