20 spooky details you probably missed in 'Hocus Pocus'
Disney's "Hocus Pocus" is a legendary Halloween film. Disney
Disney's "Hocus Pocus" was released in 1993, but even avid fans of the iconic Halloween movie may have overlooked these devious details.
There are several references to the location of the film, Salem, Massachusetts, and its history of witchcraft.
The Sanderson sisters spell book has some interesting potions and a list of alphabetical "excruciating punishments."
"Hocus Pocus" contains references to other Disney films as well as a famous horror actor.
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"Hocus Pocus" (1993) is a legendary Disney film that focuses on a group of children who try to fight a trio of witches on Halloween.
The film contains some cute Disney tropes, like a talking animal and clueless parents, but it also has some pretty dark moments.
Read on for some of the clever and creepy details you may not have noticed in "Hocus Pocus".
Viewers can read other spells when the Sanderson sisters reference the life potion they are brewing.
The witch book is full of spell and potion recipes. Disney
At the beginning of the film, the Sanderson sisters brew a life potion. But while Winnie is leafing through her book for the recipe, several pages of other spells, formulas, and incantations are also visible.
The book contains a section with penalties in alphabetical order.
The terrible additions are listed in her book in alphabetical order. Disney
As the Sanderson sisters leaf through their spellbook, viewers can see a list of alphabetical spells.
The page is titled "Agony of Punishments" with different options listed next to each letter. For example, "amnesia" and "sore bones" appear next to "A", "boils" and "bunions" are next to "B", and "carbuncle" and "cholera" are next to "C".
Thackery Binx's animal shape was created using a combination of real cats and animatronic effects.
The cat in the film has been enhanced with animatronics. Disney
Thackery Binx is shown in his cat form for most of the film.
To bring the character to life, several real cats were on set, but animatronics was also used for the scenes where Binx speaks - which is why his face doesn't always look the same.
There are words related to Halloween on the blackboard in the classroom.
The chalkboard contains words such as "scare", "frighten" and "frighten". Disney
When Max and Allison are in class together at the beginning of the film, their teacher gives a lesson about the Sanderson sisters.
Behind her on the blackboard are various words related to Halloween and fear, such as "ghost", "witch", "monster", "fear" and "fear".
There's a bizarre amount of fish decor in Max's house.
Most of the rooms are filled with fish-themed decorations. Disney
The first time we see the inside of Max's house is when he comes home from school on Halloween. Inside there are framed pictures of fish throughout the house, as well as decorative boats and other nautical decors.
When Max enters his bedroom, it also reflects this trend. There's a sailboat wallpaper, a wooden fish on the wall, and even fish print sheets on his bed.
Salem, Massachusetts, where the film is set, is on the Atlantic coast, which might explain the nautical theme. But it still seems a bit over the top throughout the house.
The lollipop Allison gives Dani looks like one of the Sanderson sisters.
The treat appears to resemble Winifred Sanderson. Disney
When Max and Dani talk to Allison at their parents' party, she points to Dani's costume and says that she likes witches too. Allison gives the young girl a chocolate lollipop and they start talking about the Sanderson sisters.
The treat Allison gave Dani is decorated to look like a witch riding a broomstick, which is themed for a Halloween party. Upon closer inspection, the witch has bright red hair on the lollipop and a green and purple outfit reminiscent of Winifred Sanderson, whom the children later oppose in the film.
There is a sign that identifies the Sanderson House as a Witch Museum.
The city turned the witch house into a museum. Disney
As Allison tells Max and Dani at the beginning of the film, the old Sanderson house was converted into the Sanderson Witch Museum for some time before it closed.
The sign in front of the house, under which the witch sisters duck a little later, also shows this and provides information about the house itself and the legend of witchcraft.
Thackery has two different voices throughout the film.
Sean Murray played the character, but Jason Marsden voiced the animatronic cat. Disney; John Shearer / Invision for the Hub / AP images
Viewers who listen carefully may find that Thackery's voice sounds different when he's human and a cat.
That's because the character was actually played by two different actors. Sean Murray portrayed the human version of Thackery, and Jason Marsden pronounced his cat form.
Old Burial Hill is an actual cemetery in Massachusetts.
Old Burial Hill is located in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Disney
"Hocus Pocus" viewers will likely remember that the film took place in Salem. However, there are some location-specific details that fans may not have noticed.
For example, the gate of the cemetery where Billy is being brought back to life says "Old Burial Hill," an actual cemetery in Marblehead, Massachusetts, a short drive from Salem.
"In the service of Witch Town" is written on the side of the bus the Sandersons board.
Salem is known for its infamous 17th century witch trials. Disney
The city of "Hocus Pocus" is firmly linked to its supernatural legends, exemplified by the lesson on Halloween in the classroom and the upkeep of the Sanderson House.
Local public transport in the city is also apparently following this trend. The Salem city bus that the Sanderson sisters take has the slogan "Serving the witch city".
After Max took off his hat at Allison's, he can often be seen in his back pocket.
Max's hat seems to be disappearing, but it's actually in his pocket. Disney
When Max sees Allison and realizes that he and Dani are in their house, he takes off his hat and puts it in his back pocket.
The hat then hangs out of that bag for the rest of the movie, including the first time the teens go to the Sanderson house and the scene where Max is on stage at the adult party.
In the background of a scene, a child is wearing a Mrs. Potts costume.
Disney released Beauty and the Beast two years before Hocus Pocus. Disney
When the witches get off the bus, some children may see trick or treating in the houses behind them. There are lots of kids in generic costumes, but one kid is a recognizable Disney character.
A girl disguised like a teapot walks to the house behind the Sanderson sisters, and when she comes back out into the street it is clear that she is disguised as Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast.
The Sanderson sisters were apparently servants of Satan.
The witches mistake a man dressed as Satan for the true devil. Disney
Allison tells Dani and Max that the Sanderson sisters' spellbook was a gift from Satan.
Later in the film, the witches confirm they knew Satan after mistaking a man in a Halloween costume for the devil himself. During the scene in which they are talking to the devilish man, the sisters refer to him as a master and seemingly confirm that they worked for or worshiped Satan.
The "policeman" that Max, Dani and Allison encounter wears a Salem witch badge.
The man was just dressed for Halloween. Disney
Max tries to tell a man dressed as a police officer that he accidentally raised the Sanderson witches from the dead, but the man suspects Max is kidding.
The badge of the "Policeman" shows a witch on a broomstick. This seems like an odd choice for a real police station logo, but it makes sense for viewers to realize that this is just a man in a costume.
Max is referring to a famous horror actor.
Boris Karloff was a famous horror actor. Disney
While speaking through the school's announcement system, Max introduces himself as Boris Karloff Jr.
Boris Karloff was an actor in the early to mid-20th century who was best known for his work in horror films.
During a scene, viewers can see the title of the spellbook the witches are using.
The magic book is called "Handbook of Witchcraft and Alchemy". Disney
More information about the Sanderson sisters' spellbook is revealed throughout the film.
Viewers can also see the name of the book "Handbook of Witchcraft and Alchemy" on the front page.
Different colored smoke comes out of the book throughout the film.
It's purple-pink at the beginning of the movie, but later the smoke is orange. Disney
When Thackery searches for Emily at the beginning of the film, he sees a crimson flame from the Sanderson house and knows that the witches are working on a spell.
But later, when Max and Allison open the spellbook, orange flames shoot out of its roof.
The kids in town are obviously pretty independent.
Everyone took off their Halloween costumes and changed into intricate pajama sets. Disney
On the morning after Halloween, when the kids walk the streets in a trance during Sarah Sanderson's song, they all wear coordinated pajama sets with robes and slippers.
It's the early hours of the morning, so children wearing pajamas seem a matter of course.
Winifred, however, cursed all the adults at the party to "dance until [they] die," so most of her parents probably wouldn't have been there to get the kids to take off their costumes and get ready for bed.
This also seems to explain why some of the kids are still wearing parts of their Halloween costumes - like masks and crowns - even though they come out of their beds.
Real moths actually fly out of Billy's mouth.
Doug Jones was Billy in "Hocus Pocus". Disney
When the Sanderson sisters raise Billy from the dead in the cemetery, his mouth is sewn together, but later in the film the zombie breaks the stitches on his lips so he can speak.
When he does this, realistic looking moths will immediately fly out of his mouth.
According to an interview with the movie's special effects makeup artist, they were real moths kept in a bag in actor Doug Jones' mouth between takes.
The witches call Dani an unexpected insult.
"Trollimog" is an English dialect word that most likely refers to a "dirty woman". Disney
When Winnie picks up Dani before trying to add her to the potion, she calls her a "little trollimog".
The term isn't very common and offers surprisingly few definitive results online, but it can be an old dialect English word that means "dirty, sloppy female" - which seems an incredibly offensive thing to call someone, let alone a child in a Disney movie.
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