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* 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.
* EarWorm:
** "I Put A Spell On You".
** "Come Little Children"
* 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 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.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: A teenager who's still a virgin is a loser and deserves to be mocked.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: 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).
* HollywoodHomely: The witches are frequently referred to as "ugly" or "hags" by the protagonists but only Winnie is physically ugly. Sarah and arguably Mary, on the other hand, are pretty attractive
* 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.
* NightmareFuel:
** The book, zombies, immortal black cats [[spoiler: really a boy denied entrance to heaven]] and soul sucking witches.
** 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."
* 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 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.
* {{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 potentially play the trope straight.
** So does Binx being visibly squashed after being run over.
* TearJerker: Admit it - you cried [[spoiler: when Binx died]], too.
* ToyShip: Thackery/''Dani'', if you can believe it.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids:
** 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...
** The TV version is rated TV-14 in America but is still considered a family friendly Halloween classic.
** The cat getting run over, and seen flattened on-screen, has freaked out many people.
* 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.
** 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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