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December 14, 2017

'Hocus Pocus' was originally a more 'frightening' movie


‘Hocus Pocus’ was originally a more ‘frightening’ movie

Hocus Pocus wasn’t originally the family-friendly movie we’ve all come…


Hocus Pocus wasn’t originally the family-friendly movie we’ve all come to love as a Halloween staple.

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Writer Mick Garris has reflected on the making of Hocus Pocus to EW, revealing that it was titled Halloween House when he started working on it and Steven Spielberg was potentially interested.

“He loved it until he found out that Disney was already involved. At that time, Disney and Amblin were very competitive in the family-film market, so neither of them wanted to be in business with the other,” Garris explained.

Hocus Pocus where are they now

Once Spielberg passed, Garris wrote the first draft in the 1980s and it was a very different version of the movie.

“What I had written originally was about 12-year-olds. The kids being younger and in more jeopardy was certainly something more explicitly frightening,” he outlined, adding that the movie became more “broadly comedic”.

The biggest changes in the coming drafts were making the teenagers 16 and adding the infamous ‘Devil’ scene — you know the one.

At least they kept Billy Butcherson losing his head.

Last month, everyone got a bit excited about the prospect of a Hocus Pocus 2 finally happening, before it was confirmed that it would be a TV remake. Disney Channel is in the early stages of developing that remake, written by The Royals‘ Scarlett Lacey and with original producer David Kirschner on board to executive produce.

But there won’t be any room for the original cast.


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‘Hocus Pocus’ was originally a more ‘frightening’ movie


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