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On this week’s annotated deep dive, The Cultists Present Kenny Ortega’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ (1993). A massive commercial and critical failure upon its bewildering release one hot, sweltering day in July, this film about a trio of soul-sucking witches failing to spree-kill children on Halloween night has since become a beloved holiday staple. Now, with All Hallows Eve encroaching, the time has come for the Sanderson Sisters to once rise again. So join us as we annotate our way through this harrowing tale about the inherent dangers in hanging around reckless, candle-lighting virgins.
Deep dives include: the flight effects of teeter rigs and rod puppetry; Salem’s on set locations; candles comprised of human fat; the folklore of salt; just how many children these witches are going to have to kill (statistically speaking); and the name “Thackeray”.
Episode Safeword: “muggles”