YMMV: Hocus Pocus


  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: A teenager who's still a virgin is a loser and deserves to be mocked.
  • "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).
    • Binx, an immortal black cat. Not unlike Sissel by the end of Ghost Trick.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    • 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. Hell, the illegal substances may be how they paid off the Media Watchdogs and Moral Guardians to get this released as it is.
  • 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.