Hocus Pocus Star Says Initial Script was “Much Scarier” 

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What if “Hocus Pocus” had been a different kind of Halloween movie? According to Vinessa Shaw, who played Allison, one of the three kids from the original movie, the original script featured witches who were more sinister as villains.

“I remember reading an original draft that was much scarier, and that was the draft we auditioned with,” Shaw told EW in a recent interview about the production of the 1993 Disney film.

“When we started shooting, it became a funny version, much lighter. It had the female Three Stooges element in it, and all the choreography that was added lent itself to a much more comedic movie bringing out the strengths of the actresses,” she continued, referencing stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.

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When asked for details on the differences between the original screenplay for the film, Shaw points to the Sanderson Sisters’ dialogue. “It wasn’t them fumbling around and bumping into each other, it was straightforward. 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’re a trifecta and can’t do anything without the other, which was stronger in the second draft,” she remembers.

Meanwhile, Hocus Pocus 2 is currently available for streaming on Disney+.

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters who were executed for practicing witchcraft, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.

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