22 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘Hocus Pocus’ (2023)

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Over the years Hocus Pocus has become a cult classic with quite a few people watching it every Halloween. And—with a sequel right around the corner—there’s no better time to learn some fun facts about the original!

People love Hocus Pocus. There are piles of merch—including Funko figures and a board game—and in 2020 there was even a limited edition Hocus Pocus wine released to celebrate the 28th anniversary live reunion of the cast.

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So people love Hocus Pocus, we love Halloween movies here at LifeSavvy and, on a personal note, I love trivia.

Naturally, when a moment presents itself where we can combine a deep dive into the history of a beloved Halloween film with some fun trivia, we’re here for it. Below you’ll find 22 fun facts about Hocus Pocus that cover everything from stats about the box office sales to which actress’s dog had a cameo in the film.

It Wasn’t a Halloween Release

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At this point the movie is a quintessential Halloween classic, popping up in top Halloween movie lists everywhere—including our own.

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But for being an over-the-top campy Halloween movie the film wasn’t released at, or even near, Halloween. In fact, it was released on July 16, 1993 in the middle of summer. That’s not exactly the time of year people are sipping witch’s brew out of a cauldron mug.

Why release a spooky Halloween film when stores are running Christmas in July sales? Disney was hoping to cash in on kids being out of school for the summer while also avoiding creating artificial competition for their other big Halloween-themed film coming out that year.

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The big Halloween film in question was another titan in the classic-Halloween-film space. The Nightmare Before Christmas hit the theaters a few days before Halloween in 1993 and Disney wanted the red carpet clear for audiences to dig into the Tim Burton masterpiece. Thus poor Hocus Pocus got the out-of-season summer treatment.

It Was Initially a Flop

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Flop is such a harsh word when describing any film, let alone one that would go on to enjoy such fame and adoration. The truth hurts sometimes, though, and Hocus Pocus was definitely not a run-away success out of the gate.

The film budget was $24 million and the initial box office run for the film only pulled in $39.5 million so it managed to make it into the black, but not by much.

On top of it being a film with big fall-season vibes and a Halloween theme—which certainly didn’t help sell it during July—Hocus Pocus had to compete with hitting the theaters on the same day as Free Willy.

Not only was Free Willy a way more anticipated film, it was just a more natural fit for the kind of film you’d take your kids to see in the middle of summer. The box office sales reflected as much. Free Willy had a budget of $20 million and went on to net $153.6 million at the box office.

The Sanderson Sisters Were Originally the Stars

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The Hocus Pocus film audiences got was one focused on the adventures of the Dennison children and how they get mixed up with centuries-old witches after lighting an old magical candle.

The original script and how the initial film was shot, however, was focused on the witches in question, the Sanderson sisters. This version was darker but Disney ultimately cut and edited the film to take on a lighter family-friendly tone.

That said, it might be a bit of a reach to say that the Sanderson sisters didn’t end up the stars of the film. Despite the great job done by their younger castmates, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy definitely stole the show.

The 25th Anniversary Release Has Deleted Footage

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If thinking about how the film was cut and edited has you thinking about missing footage, you might be interested in checking out the 25th Anniversary edition of Hocus Pocus, released in 2018. The Bluray includes a bunch of bonus content including a pile of deleted scenes.

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For deleted scenes, behind the scenes footage, and more, you can't beat grabbing the Blu-ray for all the extra-content goodies.

The Bluray also includes a neat feature where the deleted and alternate scenes can be imposed on the actual film so you see exactly where the footage would have appeared without wondering “So where exactly did this extra broomstick flight scene go?”

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The Witches Fly Like They Drive

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Speaking of broomstick flying, if you watch the way the various Sanderson Sisters fly in the film while riding their broomsticks, they all have a distinct “method” to broom-based-flight.

That wasn’t accidental. One of the film’s choreographers Peggy Holmes, in charge of the flight scenes, insisted on going driving with all of the women. She then, in turn, modeled their flight choreography based on how they drove a car, mirroring their quirks and approach to the road in how they handled their brooms.

We’re not sure how closely you recall the film, but we’re going to safely guess that Bette Middler is an assertive-bordering-on-aggressive driver if the choreography is true to life. Also, Sarah Jessica Parker loved the flying gear and would just stay in the harness between takes hanging out above the stage. It’s no wonder then that her flying style was a silly and lighthearted one focused on the joy of flying itself.

Kathy Najimy Rewatches It Yearly

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In interviews, Sarah Jessica Parker has admitted she’d didn’t fully recall the movie or the plot (so I think it’s safe to say she hasn’t rewatched the film). Given the cutting and editing we mentioned earlier, we can forgive her for not recalling it clearly. Bette Midler considers it her favorite film among all her movies but doesn’t frequently rewatch it. Kathy Najimy, on the other hand, watches it every year with us like the best of fans.

She and her family sit down and watch it every year in August, reliving the fun between the July release date and the coming Halloween season. While we’re sure part of it is because she loves the film, we’re also pretty confident part of it is that Najmy is a self-professed Bette Midler superfan. Like an intense, sneak backstage to see her, superfan kinda fan. Who wouldn’t want to watch a movie where you got to live it up beside your singing and acting idol?

Director Kenny Ortega Is a Famous Choreographer

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Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega is a well-known director in his own right but even better known for his choreography chops.

He’s done choreography direction for major musical stars including Cher, KISS, Gloria Estefan, and Michael Jackson. He’s also done the choreography for movie hits like Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Newsies, Hocus Pocus (naturally), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and both choreographed and directed the first three High School Musical films.

Bette Midler Wasn’t the Only One Who Sang

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Bette Midler, of course, sang her parts in Hocus Pocus. We don’t even want to imagine trying to sell Bette Midler on the idea of not singing her own parts—you don’t sing for Bette, Bette sings for you. What most viewers don’t realize, though, is that Sarah Jessica Parker also sang in the film too.

When the witches are flying over Salem, Parker sings, Pied Piper-like, the song “Come Little Children” to lead them away from their homes. Her singing a musical number shouldn’t be a surprise for fans of the actress, though. She was trained in singing and ballet as a child and many of her early theater and film roles involved such talents.

Sarah Jessica Parker Is Related to a Salem Witch

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Although she didn’t know it at the time of filming, Sarah Jessica Parker is a distant descendant of a woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.

She’s the 10th great-granddaughter of Esther Elwell. Esther was accused of witchcraft in 1692. Fortunately for Mrs. Elwell, by the time she was detained the witch trials had gotten so out of control that the mob was even trying to drag in the governor’s wife for witchcraft. She was released and went on to live well into her 80s—a very respectable old age for a 17th-century American colonist.

Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t find this out, however, until nearly twenty years after filming Hocus Pocus. In 2010, She was a guest star on the premiere of NBC’s genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? where experts showed her how far back they had traced her lineage.

Some Famous Names Turned Down Roles

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In a different timeline, there are some different famous faces in Hocus Pocus. In the version we know, the role of Max Dennison is played by Omri Katz and Mary Sanderson is played by Kathy Najimy—both seen above. Roles, we might add, they completely nailed. We certainly can’t imagine Mary in any other way than how she was portrayed by Najimy.

But in an alternative casting, we’d have Leonardo DiCaprio as Max and Rosie O’Donnell as Mary. Both turned down the offered roles, however. O’Donnell turned down the role because she didn’t want to play a witch and DiCaprio turned down the role because he was holding out for a chance to audition in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. That was quite a gamble on his part, but it paid off handsomely—DiCaprio got the part and went on to get an Academy Award and Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Arnold “Arnie” Grape.

And while we’re talking about casting what-ifs, there’s another to add to the pile. Jennifer Lopez auditioned for the role of Sarah Sanderson—which instead went to Sarah Jessica Parker. Given what a natural fit Parker was for the role it’s even more difficult to imagine Lopez portraying the ditzy Sanderson sister.

A Variety of Old Disney Costumes Appears in the Film

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The filming budget for Hocus Pocus was pretty tight and one area where it shows—if you’re looking—is the town’s Halloween party.

Most of the time recycling costumes from other movies wouldn’t fly. You can’t exactly drop a bunch of people dressed as space marines into a movie about a bank heist, after all, but when your film is set at Halloween it’s a bit more flexible. In the party scene there are costumes from other Disney films including Tron, Treasure Island, The Sword and the Rose, and even, as a fun easter egg, costumes from Bette Midler’s film Gypsy.

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If you’re curious where the Madonna costume came from—worn by Stephanie Faracy playing mom Jenny Dennison—that one was handmade by costume designer Mary Vogt to give it a homemade costume vibe.

The Fountain Appeared in the Friends Intro

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When it comes to movie details there are sharp-eyed viewers and then there are unbelievably sharp-eyed viewers. This little detail comes to us courtesy of those unbelievably sharp-eyed movie fans out there: the fountain in Hocus Pocus is the same fountain in the opening of the show Friends.

While fans of the show Friends might be under the impression that the iconic fountain from the opening scene is located in New York City, it’s not. The fountain is actually located at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank, California. As such it has appeared in a wide variety of movies and films over the years dating all the way back to the 1960s.

If you’re looking for a very similar fountain that’s actually in New York City, however, do pop over to Cherry Hill Fountain in Central Park. It’s not the one from Friends but it looks pretty close and it’s actually in the city!

One of the Houses Is Movie Frequent Flyer

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Just like the fountain is part of a Hollywood movie lot, quite a bit of the rest of the film is too. When Max stops to talk to the cat Binx outside a home with a wrought iron fence and blue shutters, that’s none other than the house from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

As a fun little coincidence, the actress that played Dani Dennison (Thora Birch) revisited the same house later in her career. That very same house that the kids stop in front of after escaping from the witches and where Max talks to the cat, is the same house where her character in the film American Beauty lives.

But that’s hardly the only places you’ll find this particular Warner Bros. backlot home. The street it sits on is a fictional street called “Blondie Street” and features a number of homes that have appeared in everything from old TV shows like I Dream of Jennie and The Donna Reed Show, to modern titles. In fact, if you look very closely at the shutters and chimney while watching the Marvel show WandaVision you’ll notice that Wanda and Vision live in the same house as Clark Griswold.

Some Of It Was Actually Filmed in Salem

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While the bulk of the filming occurred on sound stages and movie lots in California, you might be interested to learn that a significant amount of the outdoor footage was shot on location in none other than Salem, MA.

For a few weeks, the cast packed up and headed east, filming in the real town the story takes place in. The scenes from the 1600s depicting the history that lead up to the trouble the modern kids find themselves in? Those were shot in Pioneer Village, a historical site in Salem—seen above left. In addition to the very authentic historical cottages, many other local buildings made appearances in the film.

The high school in the film Jacob Bailey High was actually Philips Elementary School. The adorable little 1870s Victorian home the Dennison family lived in is on Ocean Avenue in Salem. The Halloween party in the film takes place in the “Old Town Hall” which is actually the Salem Museum on Derby Square. And finally, the beautiful white house that belongs to Allison’s family in the film—seen above right—is actually the Ropes Mansion in Salem’s McIntyre Historic District.

Bette Midler Turning to Stone Was Practical Effects

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While the film included a lot of digital effects (we assure you that green glowing smoke did not come pouring out of an actual elementary school in Salem) it also had a lot of good old fashion practical effects to carry the film.

Among the more interesting practical effects were those used to turn Bette Middler’s character Winifred Sanderson to stone at the end of the film. Rather than rely on CGI (which would have looked hokey) or actually painting Midler up to look like stone (which probably would have looked even hokier yet), the special effects team had seven different statues made. The statues created the progression from living Midler to stone-cold-statue Midler and were swapped out during the scene to create the effect.

Thackery Binx Was Voiced by a Different Actor

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In the film, Thackery Binx is a young man living in the 17th century who is turned into a cat as punishment for insulting the lead Sanderson sister, Winifred.

Curiously, the human form for the role is portrayed by actor Sean Murray (who you might know, in the present, as an actor from NCIS). But the voice of the role, both in human and cat form, is provided by Jason Marsden. While you may know Marsden from various sitcom roles in the 1990s, you most likely know him—without realizing you do—from his extensive voice acting resume which includes, most famously, voicing Max Goof, the animated son of Goofy, since 1995.

But why one actor for the physical role and one for the voice? The production team felt Murray’s voice was simply too modern-sounding and viewers wouldn’t believe it was the voice of a 17th-century boy-turned-cat.

Binx Was Played by 9 Cats (And a Robot)

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The portrayal of Binx in his cat form might have been one of the most complex things about filming Hocus Pocus as it involved not one but nine live cats and an animatronic robot to boot.

Why nine cats? While we’d love to believe that the use of nine cats, specifically, was a delightful little Easter egg for only the most super-of-super fans to find, the use of multiple cats has a rather practical reason. Cats are finicky animals to use in filming and teaching one cat every single trick you might use in a movie is a gamble because if anything goes wrong with the one cat you’re just out of luck. Instead, the animal handlers will train multiple cats to do different tasks and tricks.

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Then, for scenes that it would be difficult to safely film with a real cat or where you need the cat to make certain expressions or “talk” on demand, you bring in an animatronic cat to get the job done. As a fun bit of bonus trivia, the animatronic version of Binx also appears in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

The Kids Disliked the Multi-Cat Routine

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While the kids in the film didn’t dislike the cats in general, they weren’t huge of the multi-cat approach to filming all the scenes with feline Thackery Binx.

Every time filming shifted and a new cat was brought in for a new scene or a particular trick, all the children involved in that particular scene had to essentially become “friends” with the new cat through the use of treats, clicker training, and other techniques.

After a while, the novelty of buddying up to yet another cat to get the scene just right wore off and the kids were pretty sick of winning over Binx #7 or whoever was the cat of the day.

The Black Cat Inspired Everything

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Boy, we sure have talked a lot about Binx the black cat huh? Well, he’s kind of a big deal. A really, really, big deal. Sure he’s an important character in the film, but the real reason the black cat is such a huge deal is that a black cat inspired the entire movie.

Film writer David Kirshner, a natural storyteller, loved to regale his daughter with fresh and interesting stories. Inspired by a black cat in their neighborhood one evening, he told her a bedtime story about a boy who was turned into a black cat as a punishment for angering a witch. His daughter loved the story and Kirshner refined it into the script of Hocus Pocus.

The Devil’s Dog Was Actually Kathy Najimy’s

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We really can’t lavish so much attention on the cat without at least giving every dog his day, so to speak.

There’s a scene in the film where the Sanderson Sisters meet a man dressed up for Halloween as The Devil. They, humorously, take him to be the literal Devil and are entranced by the opportunity to meet “Master.” The Devil’s dog, Ralph, was actually Kathy Najima’s real-life dog, tucked into the scene as a fun little Easter egg.

The Devil and His Wife Are Famous

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Speaking of The Devil and his wife (who ultimately throws the Sanderson sisters out of the house) the duo are actually famous in their own right and real-life brother and sister.

Kids these days might not recognize the more iconic member of the pair, but old-timers will. The Devil’s cranky smoking wife is played by none other than Penny Marshall, best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio in the popular sitcom Laverne & Shirley.

Garry Marshall, her real-life brother, while not recognize-him-on-the-street famous, was a well-known director, producer, writer, and often appeared in random small roles in films he worked on.

While he didn’t work on Hocus Pocus he did have a special in to secure a cameo. He directed Bette Midler previously in the filmBeaches and she and Penny were friends.

There’s a Hocus Pocus Sequel Coming

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Finally, we saved the best for last. For years there have been rumors about a Hocus Pocus sequel with rumor after rumor getting shot down. But now there’s a proper sequel in the works! No, really, we promise!

In December of 2020, Disney confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2 was on and would be coming to Disney+ sometime in the fall of 2022.

Filming is currently underway in Rhode Island and the film will, thankfully, include reprised roles by Midler, Parker, and Najimy. No word, at the moment, on whether or not any of the other members of the original cast are reprising roles in any capacity or making cameo appearances.

So there you have it! Twenty things we hope you didn’t know about Hocus Pocus and can now amaze, delight, and perhaps annoy, your friends and family with! And if all this talk about the film has you in a Hocus Pocus mood, you can watch it tonight on Disney+.


Why is Hocus Pocus 2 inappropriate? ›

Parents need to know that Hocus Pocus 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to Disney's hugely popular 1990s fantasy comedy Hocus Pocus. Like the original, the witchy sequel is family-friendly overall but does have magical violence, name-calling, and gross-out scenes, mostly involving a decapitated…

Why is Hocus Pocus not appropriate? ›

It views more like a PG-13. While the Halloween violence is minimal, there are numerous sexual innuendos in this movie that are shocking for a movie that seems to be aimed for kids. Examples include the 16 year old brother snuggling a pillow and pretending it's his crush and numerous references to him being a "virgin".

Why is Mary's mouth crooked in Hocus Pocus? ›

The actor said that the crooked smile was something she improvised while preparing to shoot the 1993 movie. This time around, she and the film's director Anne Fletcher worked the change in one scene.

What was Hocus Pocus supposed to be named? ›

Hocus Pocus was almost called "Halloween House"—and that's not all. An early draft of the original movie script was much darker and focused on older kids.

What is the true story behind Hocus Pocus? ›

Though Sarah, Mary and Winifred in Hocus Pocus are not directly based on real-life figures, there were 19 accused witches hanged in Salem, typically in public executions like that of the Sanderson sisters.

Does Hocus Pocus 2 say the f word? ›

KATHY Najimy put a spell on The View, as ABC censors had to work quickly to bleep out her F-bomb slip on live T.V. The Hocus Pocus 2 star conjured up the not safe for broadcast word during a passionate discussion over reproductive rights.

How do you explain virgin to a child Hocus Pocus? ›

OK, so we know a crucial plot point is that a virgin has to light the Black Flame Candle to bring the Sanderson Sisters back to life. (Pro-tip: if your kid asks what a virgin is, just tell them “An inexperienced, innocent person” because it's not wrong.)

Is Hocus Pocus ok for a 7 year old? ›

Common Sense Media recommends Hocus Pocus, which is rated PG, for kids over the age of 10 years old, which feels right. The language is pretty light on cursing, the sexual references are more innuendo and hinting than actual sex, and it's generally a fun movie for families with older kids.

Do they eat kids in Hocus Pocus? ›

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The original “Hocus Pocus” follows the Sanderson sisters, Winifred, Sarah and Mary, who are accidentally revived in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts — home of the infamous witch trials — and begin killing children to consume their souls in order to stay young forever.

Which Hocus Pocus is less scary? ›

Hocus Pocus 2 was a very family-friendly movie and one that I feel can be enjoyed by all. In both my 6-year-old niece's and my adult opinion, the second movie was actually less scary than the first. Reagan was a little scared when the witches initially came back, but only because the scene was dark.

Why aren t the original kids in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

Omri Katz (Max)

Hocus Pocus 2 director Anne Fletcher confirmed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Omri Katz, among some other OG characters, would not be returning for the sequel due the logistics of fitting them all in with the new story they had planned.

Why is Mary's smile backwards? ›

In the newly-released sequel, Najimy continues to use the misshapen smile, but this time on the other side of her face. "It's on the other side mainly because it's so hard for me to do it on the side I did it on 30 years ago," Najimy told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Friday.

What is the mistake in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

In Hocus Pocus 2, when they sing "One Way Or Another", they recite the same spell, but they say "alpha-maybe-uppendie", which is so commonly misquoted by fans of the film. Also, when the audience repeats the spell, you can hear them say the correct "oppa", instead of the incorrect "alpha".

What is the Hocus Pocus curse? ›

Just before Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson are executed during the Salem Witch Trials, they cast a powerful curse, stating that, “On All Hallows' Eve when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground!

Who is the mother of the Sanderson sisters? ›

The Mother Witch is the one responsible for giving Winifred a dark magic spellbook, making her responsible for the Sanderson Sisters becoming evil witches. She was portrayed by Hannah Waddingham, who also portrayed Septa Unella in Game of Thrones.

Are the Sanderson sisters real in 1693? ›

The Sanderson sisters are fictional (as is their cottage), but three sisters were really accused of being witches in 1692 – Sarah Cloyce, Rebecca Nurse and Mary Easty, according to the Salem Witch Museum. Cloyce escaped, but Nurse and Easty were ultimately hanged.

What is the zombie name in hocus? ›

The new movie features much of the cast of the original, and that includes Doug Jones reprising his role as the zombie Billy Butcherson.

What is the name of the 4th Sanderson sister? ›

One of the new characters in the Sequel is Elizabeth, the fourth and innocent Sanderson sister. She was pretty pissed to find out her mom had tricked her all those years.

Who was the devil in Hocus Pocus? ›

Garry Marshall: Devil (Husband)

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Can I stay in the Hocus Pocus House? ›

In time for the long-awaited sequel to the beloved Halloween movie, guests can stay in the cottage that's nestled in the woods and features a cauldron, decorative black cats and potions in the cupboards. The bathroom is a "modern outhouse" just outside the cottage.

Does Hocus Pocus 2 mention virgins? ›

Hocus Pocus 2 has some sexual references. For example: There are many references to virginity. For example, a virgin must light a black flame candle; Becca is shown to be a virgin because she successfully lights the flame; Gilbert is not a virgin; a small child asks, 'What is a virgin?

Why is Mary's mouth backwards in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

The trademark smirk is back in Hocus Pocus 2, but with a key change, as it's now backwards from how it looked in the first movie. Najimy says the reason for this is that it's just much easier to switch the smile to the other side of her face at this point in her life.

Are there any cuss words in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

Language. The bad language and swear word usage overall is mild for Hocus Pocus 2. Only 1 swear word is stated “d@mn.” The amount of “Oh g-d” and “oh my g-d” phrases were beyond numerous throughout the film.

Did Max lose his virginity in Hocus Pocus? ›

Max's virginity is transformed from a normal aspect of his young adult life into a punchline. Based on how it's positioned in the movie, we're supposed to think it's downright hilarious that this strapping teenage boy turned out to be a virgin.

How do you explain to a 7 year old what a virgin is? ›

Virginity is the state of not having had sex. A virgin is a person who chooses not to or has not yet had sex. Our culture defines basic sex as vaginal intercourse between a woman and a man. But sex also occurs between other genders when vaginal or anal penetration takes place.

Why does a virgin have to light the candle in Hocus Pocus? ›

The Black Flame Candle is a dark magical candle made from the fat of a hanged man. If lit by a virgin on Halloween night during a full moon, it would bring back the Sanderson Sisters for as long as the flame burned (which was one night).

Is Hocus Pocus 2 rated r? ›

Though the film is rated PG, it does feature some content that could prove to be too mature for young audiences, including a few instances of language some parents might object to, and of course, various references to witchcraft.

What grade level is Hocus Pocus? ›

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Is PG OK for 3 year old? ›

PG films are suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not disturb a child aged around eight or older. However, parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset younger or more sensitive children. Legally a child of any age may view a PG film.

What is the mom warning against Hocus Pocus? ›

“The whole movie is based on witches harvesting children for blood sacrifices.” The mom added that while "everybody thinks it's fake and innocent," the characters in the film "could be casting any type of spell that they want to."

Did Texas woman warn against Hocus Pocus? ›

'Hocus Pocus 2' could 'unleash hell on your kids,' Texas mom warns in viral post. TROY, Texas (TND) — A mother in Texas is gaining social media attention after warning parents that watching the new "Hocus Pocus 2" movie could be spiritually harmful to their families.

Will there be a 3rd Hocus Pocus? ›

Will we see the Sanderson Sisters again again? Hocus Pocus 3 still hasn't been officially confirmed by Disney, but if the success of Hocus Pocus 2 is anything to go by, it could well happen. Following its release on September 30, 2022, the sequel became the most-watched movie premiere on Disney+ in the US ever.

Why is Hocus Pocus a 12? ›

While the Halloween violence is minimal, there are numerous sexual innuendos in this movie that are shocking for a movie that seems to be aimed for kids.

Is Johnny Depp in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

The only old cast members are Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker that there reprising their roles as the sanderson sisters and while new cast members are playing their roles. Patrick Stewart, Jeff Bridges and Johnny Depp are playing their roles as the bernstein brothers.

Who couldn t be in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

As we previously learned, however, one of the original cast members that won't be joining the second installment is Thora Birch who played the incredibly brave eight-year-old Dani Dennison who found herself a target of the child-consuming witches alongside her brother Max (Omri Katz) and his girlfriend Allison (Vinessa ...

Why wasn t Max Dani and Allison in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

Why aren't Max, Dani and Allison in Hocus Pocus 2? Out of the three, Birch was the only one slated to return for Hocus Pocus 2. However, due to scheduling conflicts, she wasn't able to join the film.

Will Dani and Max be in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

But original stars Max Dennison, Dani Dennison, and Allison aren't featured in the sequel. In case you forget, Max is the virgin who lit the Black Flame Candle three decades ago, resurrecting the Sanderson witches.

Why did Mary switch sides? ›

However, according to star Kathy Najimy, there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for the change, and it has nothing to do with magic. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Najimy revealed that switching Mary's lopsided smile from the left side of her face to the right came down to her comfort.

Which Sanderson sister is Mary? ›

As the middle Sanderson sister, Mary is a powerful witch in her own right.

Why do the Sanderson sisters look the same? ›

At first glance, it may appear as if the witches look exactly the same as they did when Hocus Pocus was released in 1993. For the sequel, however, the filmmakers wanted their costumes to look similar to the originals, but not be actual replicas. “We wanted to refresh their looks,” says costume designer Salvador Perez.

Why wasn t the little sister in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

Due to the film focusing on a new batch of teens, Katz and Shaw have not reprised their roles as Max and Allison.

What happened to the Sanderson sisters at the end of Hocus Pocus 2? ›

Towards the end of the movie, the Sanderson sisters succeed in completing their spell but it is revealed that the spell has a catch in which the user will lose what they care about the most. Winifred (Midler), the lead sister, loses her sisters, who both slowly disappear into thin air.

Why wasn t Danny in Hocus Pocus 2? ›

Birch told ET Canada in a recent interview, “By the time they got around to filming, I was already on something else.” She had already committed to working on a different project filming in the same time frame, “otherwise I was definitely going to be there on set with the girls.”

What was the curse of the Sanderson sisters? ›

Before the Sanderson sisters are hanged in the town square while they are denying any knowledge of what happened to Thackery, Winifred casts a curse that will resurrect the sisters during a full moon on All Hallows' Eve if a virgin lights the Black Flame Candle in their cottage.

Who is the most powerful witch in Hocus Pocus? ›

Winifred "Winnie" Sanderson is the main antagonist of the 1993 Disney live-action dark fantasy horror comedy film Hocus Pocus and its' 2022 Disney+ sequel, Hocus Pocus 2. She is the eldest and most intelligent witch who lived during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, along with her two younger sisters Mary and Sarah.

What was Hocus Pocus name supposed to be? ›

Hocus Pocus was almost called "Halloween House"—and that's not all. An early draft of the original movie script was much darker and focused on older kids.

How old is the word Hocus Pocus? ›

hocus-pocus (interj.)

of whole, in sham-Latin form." As a noun meaning "juggler's tricks," hocus-pocus is recorded from 1640s.

How old is the first Hocus Pocus? ›

"Hocus Pocus" came out in 1993 and became a Halloween cult classic. Its star Omri Katz quit acting, and Sarah Jessica Parker went on to star in "Sex and the City." The long-awaited sequel, "Hocus Pocus 2," comes out September 30 on Disney Plus.

How old was Hocus Pocus? ›

While most Halloween films definitely sit within the realm of the horror genre, Disney (eventually) struck gold when it opted to instead take a fantasy-comedy route. Its entry into the Hollywood canon was with Hocus Pocus, which was released in 1993.

Who is the oldest witch in Hocus Pocus? ›

Winifred "Winnie" Sanderson is the main antagonist of the 1993 Disney live-action dark fantasy horror comedy film Hocus Pocus and its' 2022 Disney+ sequel, Hocus Pocus 2. She is the eldest and most intelligent witch who lived during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, along with her two younger sisters Mary and Sarah.

What is famous line from Hocus Pocus? ›

“Yeah, the spell is gonna hit ya because the witches are back!” –Winifred Sanderson, performing “The Witches Are Back.”

What does hoc est corpus mean? ›

The words of Jesus reiterated in Latin during the Roman Catholic Eucharist. Sometimes simply written as "Hoc est corpus meum" or "This is my body".

Who are the real Sanderson sisters? ›

Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Easty, and Sarah Towne Cloyce were accused sisters in Salem and served as the inspiration for Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson.

Who is the oldest Sanderson sister? ›

Winifred is the eldest, followed by Mary. Sarah is the youngest Sanderson Sister.

Who is the youngest Hocus Pocus witch? ›

Sarah Sanderson is one of the secondary antagonists of Disney's 1993 film Hocus Pocus and its 2022 sequel, alongside her sister Mary. She is the youngest and most beautiful but air-headed witch who lived during the time of the Salem Witch Trials, along with her two sisters: Winifred and Mary.

What year is Hocus Pocus set in? ›

The first film starts on October 31, 1693 with Thackery Binx chasing down his sister Emily, who has been lured to a creepy cottage by Sarah Sanderson (Sarah Jessica Parker) so that the three witches, aka The Sanderson sisters, can drain the child's life force and become young again.

Who is the 4th Sanderson sister? ›

One of the new characters in the Sequel is Elizabeth, the fourth and innocent Sanderson sister. She was pretty pissed to find out her mom had tricked her all those years.

Who is the blonde Sanderson sister? ›

Sarah Jessica Parker returns as aloof Sara Sanderson, the youngest of the three sisters, with her blonde hair but unfortunately not her rat tails.

Who is the youngest Sanderson sister? ›

Who Plays Young Sarah Sanderson? Juju Journey Brener. Brener slips into the role of the youngest Sanderson sister, Sarah, for the 2022 movie.


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