Trivia / Hocus Pocus

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Winifed says "Hello Salem, my name is Winifred. What's yours?" in a nod to the famous line from Gypsy. Mama Rose says "Hello world, my name is Rose, what's yours?". Bette Midler played Mama Rose in the TV version of the musical.
    • Mary says to her sister "Winifred, thou art divine". A clear nod to Bette Midler's nickname 'The Divine Miss M'.
    • Max's dad telling him to watch his language. His dad is played by Charles Rockett, who was infamous for swearing on Saturday Night Live.
  • 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.
  • California Doubling: Partial aversion. All the on-location scenes were shot in Massachusetts. But most of the film was made on a sound stage in California.
  • 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.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted - Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw and Thora Birch were the same ages as their characters.
  • 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.
    • The studio also requested that the cat model used for Binx be re-designed. The initial model was more realistic, and they were worried the fangs and teeth might be too scary. The fangs were made shorter to make him cuter and more appealing.
  • Fake Nationality: The three White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Sanderson sisters are played by two Ashkenazi Jews and an Arab Catholic.
  • Jossed: The song that Sarah sings is often attributed to Edgar Allen Poe. Experts on the writer have debunked this, as it doesn't carry the style or metres he would have used. It was written especially for the film.
  • Real-Life Relative: "The Master" and his wife are played by (uncredited) real-life siblings Garry and Penny Marshall.
  • Same Language Dub: Sean Murray portrays Binx in human form, but Jason Marsden supplies his voice.
  • 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. Rosie O'Donnell was also offered the role of Mary.
    • 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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