Trivia / Hocus Pocus

  • Adored by the Network: In 2016, the Freeform network's annual 13 Nights of Halloween line-up became an all-out Hocus Pocus lovefest; the channel played it every day during those two weeks, at different parts of the day. If you haven't figured it out by now that Hocus Pocus is a cult phenomenon, well...
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Bette Midler said that this was her all-time favorite role. As a hammy, Shock and Awe leader of a witch coven with an Ear Worm song, it's easy to see why.
  • The Cast Showoff: With Bette Midler as a main character, they were naturally going to have the witches do a musical number.
  • The Danza: Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson.
  • Executive Meddling: Positive and negative examples. The film was intended to be a Disney Channel Original Movie, but when higher-ups saw the script they felt it was strong enough for a theatrical release with well-known actors. Unfortunately, they put it in theaters in July, instead of a time closer to Halloween.
  • Fake Nationality: The three White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Sanderson sisters are played by two Ashkenazi Jews and an Arab Catholic.
  • Real-Life Relative: "The Master" and his wife are played by (uncredited) real-life siblings Garry and Penny Marshall.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The casting director's other choice for Thackery was Leonardo DiCaprio. He chose not to do it because it was too family-friendly, and ended up getting Oscar nominated in What's Eating Gilbert Grape the same year.
    • James Horner was originally supposed to score the film but pulled out due to scheduling conflicts and recommended John Debney to score the film (after Rachel Portman turned it down). Horner still did a theme for the film and is credited.
    • At one time, the song by Roxette, "Almost Unreal", was going to be used for the film in the end credits. However, thanks to a bit of Executive Meddling, it didn't make the cut, and ended up on the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Super Mario Bros. instead.
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