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Goofs from Hocus Pocus

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  • When Winifred is riding her broom, she pulls alongside Max in the driver's side as he races away from the Sanderson home after saving Dani, and asks for his driver's permit. She died 300 years earlier, so she shouldn't know about driver's permits or cars. She could have learned from the bus driver when she rode the bus earlier that night.
  • After Max lights the candle, and things start to happen within the house, a gust of wind blows Dani's hat off. When she puts the hat back on, her hair has been blown around. When the camera cuts to her again, her hair is looks the way it did before she lost her hat.
  • Sarah sings her song in the sky above the lighthouse along the coastline of Marblehead, one town over from Salem.
  • Max is at school at the beginning of the film. It takes place on October 31, 1993, which was a Sunday.
  • Allison's forehead is clear before she enters Max's house. When the Dennison's are calling for their parents, a smudge of dirt is on her head.
  • When Max sets off the sprinkler system in the Sanderson house, he stands directly below it and gets completely drenched. When he runs out of the house, his jacket is totally dry.
  • In the movie, the Sanderson sisters were hanged on October 31st, 1693. In real life, the Salem witch trials started in early 1692, and were finished by October 1692.
  • New Zippo lighters don't come with lighter fluid. Max takes one off the rack in the Sanderson house, and lights it on the spot.
  • Before they go trick or treating, Dani tells Max there is a full moon out. The movie is set in 1993, and the last time Halloween had a full moon was 1974. The next one will be in 2020.
  • Sarah Sanderson's hair changes from curly to wavy to straight throughout the movie.
  • When the witches get off the bus, a Toronto Transit Commission sign is visible behind their heads. Bus service in Salem, Massachusetts, is provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, also known as the MBTA, or the T.
  • Right after they become younger, Winifred's shawl partly covers her hair. In the next shot, the shawl is gone completely.
  • When Max is thrown to the museum floor, his lighter flies out of his hand and behind the desk. He never picks it up. He has it again in the cemetery.
  • When Winifred looks through her spell book, some of the pages have the same text.
  • When Max first gives Allison his number, it is on the top left corner of a piece of notebook paper, and the holes are clearly visible. Once they are outside and she returns the folded up piece of paper, his number is now on the opposite side.
  • After the children take Winifred's book and hide in the cemetery for the first time, the wires holding up Mary Sanderson are clearly visible as she flies down on her broom towards the children.
  • When Sarah Sanderson first dances with "Master," her skirt is down. In the next shot, her skirt is bundled up in her hand.
  • Immediately after "regaining" their youth, when Sarah Sanderson turns around and opens her mouth wide, one of Sarah Jessica Parker's fillings is visible in her lower left jaw.
  • When Max first gives Allison his number, the 9 is hardly legible. Once they are outside and she returns the paper, the 9 is clear.
  • When Winifred gives Billy instructions, the view from the front shows a crooked broom handle with a flat top. The next shot, over her shoulder, shows a modern broom with a straight handle.
  • When Max and Dani go into Allison's house to trick-or-treat, Allison gives Dani a large witch-shaped lollipop. A few lines later, it becomes a much smaller, differently-shaped lollipop.
  • When Billy first reanimates, his grave is shallow enough for him to lie down in. When they return to the graveyard, his grave is a perfectly dug hole, deep enough for Dani to stand all the way up in.
  • When Dani first finds her mom at the town hall party, the mom is "vogue-ing" with her right hand on her head and her left hand stretched out. As the camera cuts back and forth between the mom and Dani, the mom's wedding rings disappear from her left hand.
  • When Max gives Allison his phone number, her hair is parted on the left side. When he follows her outside a few minutes later, her hair is parted on the right.
  • In the cemetery for the first time, Winifred mocks Max by repeating "It's only hocus pocus". He said that before lighting the candle, so she couldn't have known it was said.
  • When Jay and Ernie throw toilet paper, Ernie is wearing a black hat. In a close-up, the hat is gone.
  • When Sarah flies back to the house after singing her song, her costume has shifted and the right leg of her denim shorts beneath is clearly visible.
  • When the witches arrive at the school, the clock in front of the building says 3:05. Later, when the kids are dancing in front of the building, the clock reads midnight. Later on, right before the witches run into Jay and Ice, Ice mentions that it's 3AM.
  • Mary Sanderson refers to cooking with margarine. The sisters died in 1693. Margarine was invented in the 1800s, and was commercially available as a butter substitute in 1869. Mary watched 10-30 minutes of television commercials at "The Master's" house earlier in the evening, so she could have learned about it from TV.
  • The executioner who was responsible for hanging the Sanderson sisters is wearing a leather outfit with metal spikes.
  • In 1693, when the Sanderson sisters are about to be hanged, Sarah laughs with her mouth wide open, and the cavity fillings in her teeth are visible.
  • During the adult's Halloween party, Dani tries to tell her mother about the Sandersons. Jenny, thinking she's on a sugar high, asks "How much candy have you had, honey?" Dani replies "I haven't OD'd! I haven't even had a piece!" She had a chocolate witch lollipop at Allison's Halloween party earlier, though she could've forgotten with all the excitement.
  • At Allison's house, Dani is surprised to find out that there is a museum about the Sanderson Sisters. However, when Allison leaves to change, Dani says that her friends at school told her all about that place, meaning she had to know it was a museum at one point.
  • Winifred stands in the cemetery at the end of the film. Binx said witches aren't able to set foot on hallowed ground, but he never specified what would happen if they did set foot on hallowed ground, or if it would be instantaneous. Winifred turns to stone, then dust. It makes sense that Winifred was able to stand on hallowed ground, even if only for a few seconds.
  • After The Sanderson Sisters suck the life force out of Binx's little sister, Emily's legs move. Emily is then shown dead. Muscles can twitch for hours after death.
  • When the witches kidnap Danny and retrieve the book, the attic explodes when they leave. Later, when the children walk past the house, the attic is undamaged.
  • When Sarah Sanderson sings her song to summon all the children, it is way past time for them to be in bed. When they follow her, they're still in their Halloween costumes. Some parents let their kids sleep in their Halloween costumes. Many parents were at the Town Hall party, so the kids had little, if any, supervision.
  • In the beginning of the movie, Sarah's singing lures Emily to the Sanderson house. Thackery and another member of the village hear the song and follow Emily to the sisters' house, yet they weren't hypnotized by Sarah's song? Even if they were too old, Thackery's age doesn't stop Mary from "smelling" him and identifying him as a child when he sneaks into the house.
  • When "Satan's" wife tells Mary to get out of the house, the cheese puff in Mary's mouth disappears between shots.
  • When the kids first see the motorcycle cop, the motorcycle has mirrors on it. When they talk to him, the mirror is missing, then it re-appears after they walk away.
  • When the kids first enter the Sanderson "museum," Alison turns the lights on. If the place had been closed for several years, the electricity would likely have been shut off.
  • At the beginning of the film, Winnie hears Thackery peeking in the house. She looks out the window and says, "Oh look, another glorious morning..." Moments later, the town folk arrive to confront the sisters, and Mary exclaims they are "spending a quiet evening at home."
  • When Sarah is pushed onto the road, she jumps around and the denim shorts under her skirt are visible.
  • When Mary Sanderson gets hit with the frying pan, it flexes as if it was made of rubber.
  • On November 1st, 1993, dawn was 6:51 am. After their quick nap, Max, Allison, and Dani had less than two hours to fully stop the witches.
  • When the parents are dancing and the Sanderson sisters are singing "I'll put a spell on you," the kids remind the adults to cover their ears to prevent a spell from occurring. Since the kids are being chased, they rarely cover their own ears and they can hear the song/spell before they run away. The kids should have been under the same spell as well.
  • Thackery Binks switches between Old English and 1990s slang. During the first parts of the movie, he uses Old English. When he first talks to Max, he uses slang and sarcasm. At the end of the movie when his spirit appears to Dani, Max, and Allison, he speaks in Old English again.
  • When Mary collects the brooms outside the cemetery to begin their "calming circle", she bundles them together as she places them against the fence. Later, after they are startled by the arriving bus and go to collect their brooms, they are now spaced very far apart.
  • Upon exiting the "Masters" house, Winifred snatches the mask of a passing trick-or-treaters to prove they are not goblins, but actual children. As the boy flees, the gray mask is clearly in his left hand, even though Winifred still has it (Bette Midler even attempts to hide the mask in her robes with her right hand). In the next shot, Winifred no longer has the mask and she gesticulates wildly in the air with both, empty hands.
  • Why doesn't Binx talk to anyone in town who doesn't believe Max, Alison and Dani? That would easily corroborate their story and make the resurrection of the witches far more believable.
  • When the Sanderson sisters are approaching the Dennison's Home to retrieve the spell book, it appears to be light out as if the sun was rising, in the next shot, as well following scenes, it appears to be dark outside.
  • While the witches are in the library, the PA says book-related phrases in two languages; English and Canadian French. The movie is set in Salem, MA but certain scenes were shot in Canada, hence the Canadian French and the Toronto Transit sign mentioned above.
  • Obvious stunt double when Sarah Sanderson flies back to the Sanderson home after singing her song.
  • In the original theatrical version of the movie, the car headlights that Alison shines into the Sanderson house are warm white. In the remastered version of the movie, the headlights are deep pink.

Spoilers

  • After the witches are burned at the school, the kids return home. They enter the dining room and call for their parents. A mic pole is reflected in the glass on the left.
  • The sisters take Dani from her home and tie her up. The ropes jump around between shots.
  • After the sisters suck the life out of Emily at the beginning of the movie, the girl in the chair moves her legs, head and hands when they start to dance.
  • As Winifred is turned to stone, the statue is two-dimensional, with her features carved into a flat surface. In all subsequent shots, the statue is three-dimensional.
  • The witches take Emily in the morning. They are hanged, supposedly soon afterwards, at night. If it only took Thackery a short time to follow Sarah and Emily to the house, it shouldn't have taken the town folk the better part of the day to arrive.
  • After Winifred dies, all of the spells she had cast were instantly lifted, except for Billy's re-animation.
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