Hocus Pocus (1993 film)

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For the Vonnegut novel, see Kurt_Vonnegut#Hocus_Pocus_(1990).

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 film released by Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc. It tells a story about 3 witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night after 3 centuries, and it is up to 2 teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to their reign of terror once and for all. The sequel, Hocus Pocus 2 was released in 2022 on Disney+. A third film is currently in development.

Directed by Kenny Ortega. Written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris.
It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!  (taglines)


[Performing a spell to transform Thackary Binx into a cat]
Winnie: Twist the bones and bend the back.
Sarah and Mary: Itch-it-a-cop-it-a-Mel-a-ka-mys-ti-ca.
Winnie: Trim him of his baby fat.
Sarah and Mary: Itch-it-a-cop-it-a-Mel-a-ka-mys-ti-ca.
Winnie: Give him fur black as black, just...
Mary: like...
Sarah: ...this!
[Thackary has been transformed into a black cat]

[The Salem townsfolk are demanding that the sisters show themselves]
Winnie: Don't get your knickers in a twist! We're just three kindly old spinster ladies.
Mary: Spending a quiet evening at home.
Sarah: Sucking the lives out of little children! [Winnie chokes her]

Allison: I like your costume, Dani.
Dani: Thank you! I really like yours too. Of course, I couldn't wear anything like that because I don't have any, what do you call 'em, Max? Yabbos? [Max, embarrassed, nearly spits out the cider he's drinking] Max likes your yabbos. In fact, he loves 'em!

Dani: [as they plan to go to the Sanderson house] Max, I'm not going up there. My friends at school told me all about that place. It's weird!
Max: Dani, this is the girl of my dreams.
Dani: So, take her to the movies like a normal person.
Max: Dani! Look, just do this one thing for me, and I'll do anything you say. Please? Please? Please?
Dani: Okay, okay. Next year, we go trick-or-treating as Wendy and Peter Pan...with tights or it's no deal. [attempts to leave]
Max: Okay, okay! Deal, deal.

Max: Oh. [Cat Binx attacks him then scurries away] Stupid cat!

Winnie: Book! Come to Mommy!
Cat Binx: [jumps on the book to prevent it from floating up to Winifred, with a screech] Afraid not!
Winnie: Thackary Binx, thou mangy feline. Still alive?
Cat Binx: And waiting for you!
Winnie: Oh! Thou hast waited in vain. And thou will fail to save thy friends, just as thou failed to save thy sister!

Winnie: Why? Why was I cursed with such idiot sisters?
Sarah: [swinging a string of toilet paper up and down] Just lucky, I guess.
[Winnie groans]

Winnie: Well, tell me, friend, what is this contraption?
Bus Driver: I call it a bus.
Winnie: A bus. And its purpose?
Bus Driver: To convey gorgeous creatures such as yourselves to your most... [cracks his knuckle] forbidden desires.
Winnie: [laughs] Well, fancy! We desire children.
Bus Driver: Hey, it may take me a couple of tries, but I don't think there's gonna be a problem.

Master's Wife: Aren't you broads a little old to be trick or treating?
Winnie: We'll be younger in the morning.
Master's Wife: [takes a swig of whatever's in her glass and walks away] Yeah, sure, me too.

Sarah: I am alive!
Winnie: Damn that boy, he's tricked us again.
Mary: Oh, you're right, you're always right.
Winnie: It's my curse. That, and you two! Get off me, you thundering oafs!

Max: [looking at the salt can] Well, what does it say?
Allison: Well, it says to form a circle of salt to protect from zombies, witches, and old boyfriends.
Max: And what about new boyfriends?

Max: The witches used it to put the spell on him.
Allison: Maybe there's a way in here to take it off.
Max: Mmm, I don't know. Binx told us not to open it.
Allison: Well, the witches are dead. What harm could it do?
Max: Well, just be careful.

Winnie: Therefore, it stands to reason, does it not, sisters dear? That we must find the book, brew the potion and suck the lives out of the children of Salem before sunrise. Otherwise, it's curtains. We evaporate! We cease to exist! Dost thou comprehend?
Mary: You explained it beautifully, Winnie. They way in which you started out with the adventure part and slowly.
Sarah: Explained what?
Winnie: Come, we fly!

[The Sanderson Sisters are flying over Salem]
Winnie: Use thy voice, Sarah! Fill the sky! Bring the little brats to die! [evil laugh]
Sarah: [singing] ♪ Come, little children, I'll take thee away, into a land of enchantment. ♪
♪ Come, little children, the time's come to play, here in my garden of magic. ♪

Billy: [to Winnie, after finally freeing his mouth] Wench! Trollop! You buck toothed, mop riding firefly from hell! [happily, to Max] I've waited centuries to say that.
Max: Say what you want; just don't breathe on me!
Winnie: Billy! I killed you once, I shall kill you again, you maggoty malfeasance! Hang on to your heads!
Billy: Go to hell!
Winnie: Oh! I've been there, thank you. I found it quite lovely.

Max: Prepare to die...again.
Winnie: You! You have no powers here, you fool!
Max: Maybe not. But there's a power greater than your magic; and that's knowledge! And there's one thing I know that you don't!
Winnie: And what is that, dude?
Max: Daylight Savings Time.
Mary: [mockingly] "Daylight Savings Time".

[Last lines before end credits]
Emily: Thackary Binx, what took thee so long?
Thackary: Sorry, Emily. I had to wait three hundred years for a virgin to light a candle.
[Both Max and Allison chuckled]


  • It's just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!


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