The black flame candle. Made from the fat of a hanged man. Legend says that on a full moon it will raise the spirits of the dead when lit by a virgin on Halloween night. Hmm. So let’s light the sucker and meet the old broads.
So I’m pretty sure that Hocus Pocus is a treatise on “appropriate” (straight, male-centered/dominated, chaste, reproductive-oriented) forms of sexuality vs. “perverse” (feminine, queer, promiscuous, pleasure-seeking) forms of sexuality. It’s Disney so I really shouldn’t be so surprised by the message, but I am a little surprised at how heavily they lean on inferred pedophilia to construct their straw man of “perverse”/non-normative sexualities as inherently evil. I guess it’s not really anything new, but…yikes.
I’ve got a lot more things so say on the subject, but mostly I want to talk about how Omri Katz does and always has lit the sucker in my pants (which adds a further dimension to the situation, as Disney preaches the most apple-pie kind of normativity and yet has never been shy about sexualizing their under-age actors (and audiences?).