The original script of Hocus Pocus was a lot scarier

“It was more like the Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ It had a darker ‘I’ll get you pretty’ quality,” said original actress Vinessa Shaw.

“Hocus Pocus” with more horror focus? Sounds like a plan gone amok.

The popular 1993 film revolves around a trio of witches, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, who must suck the life out of children in order to stay forever. While the Disney film is decidedly family-friendly, original cast member Vinessa Shaw recalled that the script had a more sinister quality.

“I remember reading an original draft that was a lot scarier, and that was the draft we auditioned with,” Shaw, who played Allison, told Entertainment Weekly. “They didn’t fumble and bump into each other, it was easy. It was more like the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz; it had a darker “I’ll get you, my pretty” quality. They are a trifecta and can’t do anything without the other who was stronger in the second draft.”

Shaw noted that once production began, however, it was clear that “Hocus Pocus” had an inherent comedic element.

“Once we started filming, it became a fun version, much lighter. It had the feminine Three Stooges element and all the choreography that was added lent itself to a much more comedic film that showcases the strengths of the actresses,” Shaw said of the Sanderson Sisters on screen.

Shaw added, “I think that’s why the movie is so popular. Obviously the witches and what they do – sucking the life out of children – are scary, but the fact that it’s done in a comedic way is palatable.”

The sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, premiered on Disney+ earlier this year and made history for the streamer as the most-streamed movie on the platform. IndieWire’s Jude Dry wrote in her review for the long-awaited sequel that the core “Trifecta of Divine Divas” is what the franchise is about.

“Unfortunately her mean traits seem to have waned over the years and the film relies on a fabricated sisterly bond to wrap things up,” Dry wrote, though later adding, “It was only a matter of time before ‘ Hocus Pocus’ arrived resurrected. It’s the world of witches; everything else is just a backdrop to get these three back on their brooms together.”

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