Hocus Pocus – UNSEEN!
Be warned… This blog entry may be long… VERY long…
One of the greatest things about having a favourite movie is discovering there are deleted scenes. It’s like discovering a whole new movie, or seeing snippets of something that could have been. Sometimes you can easily see why the scenes were cut from the final product, and they make you wonder if their inclusion would have changed your overall view on the final film. The deleted scenes for “Mrs. Doubtfire” for instance portray a whole different side to the titular character, and had they been left in the final product I don’t believe I would have enjoyed the film as much as I do.
But then you can watch deleted scenes for films and wonder in mild frustration why, oh why they didn’t keep these scenes in. For example, “Silent Hill: Revelation” isn’t, in the grand scheme of things, an amazing motion picture. However when the DVD was released, so too were released a series of deleted scenes from the film. Most of them add nothing to the final product and are easily thrown away. The majority, however, leave me wondering why they were actually deleted – as their inclusion would have explained a lot more of the storyline, as well as slowing down the pace of the movie which is, in the final movie, too rushed. This is frustrating because so many times potentially good movies are ruined by bad editing, pressures to cut down running times and a lack of money. This leads to a lot of scenes being cut that needn’t be.
Recently I purchased an original script from the film “Hocus Pocus“. There will be a bigger and longer post about the awesomeness of this film released closer to Halloween, but in the meantime let’s just say this film ruined my childhood because I spent a good five years of my life solituding myself from society in order to wear out my VHS copy of the movie.
I wanted to buy the script because it is so very rare to find any piece of original “Hocus Pocus” merchandise that isn’t a poster or a unique DVD cover… I already own the original, rare and limited CD of the Orchestral Score – so this script is the icing on the “Hocus Pocus” memorabilia cake. However, there were ulterior motives for buying the script. This version of the script is the finalised and official SHOOTING SCRIPT for the film. Which means everything contained within was actually filmed. However, not all of what was filmed made it into the final film. This particular script belonged to the film’s editor Peter Bergen and also one of the set designers, Brad Ricker. So it’s a fairly well-used script. What I am about to reveal in this post is all the UNSEEN parts of “Hocus Pocus“, all the deleted scenes, alternative lines and moments that make me think “WHY OH WHY DID THEY NOT INCLUDE THAT IN THE FINAL FILM?” Script parts are written in BOLD.
One of the most significant things that is realised in the first page of the script is the fact Sister Sarah apparently uses CANDY CROWS to lure children away with her… These Crow shaped candies are referenced again later on in the script…
Thackery jumps out of bed and goes to his sister’s empty bed. A half-eaten CANDY CROW hidden under her pillow. A look of horror comes over his face.
A different exchange between Thackery and Elijah…
My father told me to keep watch over her yesterday, but we went fishing and left her in the woods.
She ate their candy and now they lure her with their music.
She is done for!
Not yet! Waken father, summon the elders!
A view of Emily entering the house…
EXT. SANDERSON HOUSE
The hooded figure opens the door to the Sanderson House and beckons Emily.
ETHEREAL CHARACTER (SARAH)
Come inside, child, and play. There are many sweets for thee.
An unusual exchange when Thackery reveals himself to the witches…
Sarah grabs him. She likes what she sees, rubs her hand through his hair.
He smells so sweet!
But Thackery pushes her away and Winifred shoves Mary at him.
Don’t be frightened, little boy. We’re here to serve you… (a beat) With garnish!
Mary finds her own humour hysterical. Winnie doesn’t.
My potion! Shut up and catch him.
A humorous, and then disturbing moment during the witches’ hanging…
(thinks to herself)
Did I leave the cauldron burning?
Would thou mindst checking if I left the cauldron burning?
The hangman gets the sign from the Elder to hang them but he’s stopped by Winifred.
Stand back, mortal! Allow me!
Winifred kicks the plank from under their feet. ANGLE ON three sets of curly-toed shoes, dangling and kicking in the air.
An exchange between Max and his dad (called DAVE) that is completely removed from the film…
We moved here so you and Dani could live in a safe, clean environment.
Well if it’s so safe and clean, why can’t she go trick or treating by herself?
Because she’s 8 years old!
But, Dad, I’m 16!
15!… Max, Dani is counting on you. Bring a friend along.
All my friends are in California, Dad!
What about this Allison? I hear you’re crazy about…
I can’t believe she told you! She blabs her fat mouth about my personal stuff and you expect me to take her trick or treating… well, forget it, Dad.
That’s fine. And you can forget about your learner’s permit until next year.
Unfair, totally unfair!
I never told you life was fair, Max, suit up.
Dani expects you to wear a costume.
You’re kidding right?
And, Max, don’t scare Dani. She’ll get nightmares.
My life is a nightmare…
A little exchange between the mom and dad after Dani and Max have left trick or treating…
Do you think you’re being a little hard on Max?
I just want him to make a little effort!
It’s difficult for a boy his age to adjust.
Honey, look at it. Isn’t it wonderful. No earthquakes. No smog.
No mud slides.
All we have to worry about in Salem is…
JENNY & DAVE
The witches hover above the children in the graveyard…
Yo, hags! Get lost!
Ah, the brave little virgin who lit the candle. He misses his friends. He wants to go home.
MARY & SARAH
(pretending to cry)
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo!
I’ll be they friend.
Take a hike!
Ah, she’s jealous. And isn’t she pretty. Almost as pretty as her ancestor, little Elizabeth Podbury, a good witch!
Good to the last bite!
A different exchange outside the cemetery gates between the sisters…
They must come out somewhere and when they do, we will get the book and skin them all alive!
A brilliant plan. I wish I thought of it myself.
But first, we must find the other children of salem.
BECAUSE, for the third and final time, my dim witted sibling, when we find the book, we can use the potion to steal ALL THEIR LIVES!
(mounting her broomstick)
Let us fly!
There is an entire scene when Winifred enters the kitchen of the DEVIL’S house, which she calls a “torture chamber”, where she hears a voice coming from a telephone and has a conversation with the person on the telephone.
After Sarah’s infamous “Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! Amuck! scene, the following exchange happens…
Winifred huddles with Mary; they watch the Halloweeners.
I must eat one right away!
LISTEN TO ME!
Billy is going to turn up any time with the book. Then we’ll be able to do the spell on the children. In the meantime, my sugar dumpling… (as if to a child) … we have to round up all the children we can… (with purpose) Now. See how they go from house to house collecting candy? We will give them candy too…
Mary and Winnie do a little evil laugh duo.
But first, we must find ingredients.
She looks back and forth at the others, then, suddenly…
The following scene I will photograph the pages from the script as they are long, and this entire scene was deleted from the final film. We know this scene exists however, because shots from it appear in the trailer.
A scene after this involves Dani, Max, Allison and Binx entering a tent in a Pumpkin field where pumpkins are being sold. They sit and Max tries to keep up Dani’s spirits and tell her she needs to be brave….
ON MAX AND ALLISON as they look out the flap of the tent see something that makes them take heart.
OUTSIDE THE TENT – CONTINUOUS
as Max and Allison (checking the sky) run out to greet CINDY and DONNA, a pair of twin sisters who are just passing by. Allison knows them.
They are sucking greedily on candies.
Cindy, Donna, am I glad to see you.
But the girls hardly notice them, and don’t even stop while they talk. They seem almost drugged.
Oh hi, Allison.
Try this candy.
CINDY & DONNA
It’s really great.
They drop it as they walk on. The candy falls to the ground, where the kids and Binx examine it… They’re CANDY CROWS.
It’s the same candy they gave my sister, the night they stole her life.
EXT. A PARK – A MOMENT LATER
The three witches, surrounded by greedy children, are giving out CANDY CROWS. The kids grab at the witches; they want those candies.
Trick or treat! Trick or treat!
Gimme some… I want some!
Stop pawing me!
(her kindly number)
Remember to share with thy friends.
And you should’ve been drowned at birth.
Shoves a piece in his mouth.
RAPID SERIES OF SHOTS OF KIDS popping the candy greedily in their mouths.
Billy catches up with the sisters later on in the film and the following exchange takes place…
Good going! You found the children!
Billy does his best to smile, considering the obstacles.
And tell me, do they still have my dear, devoted, darling book with them? Do they? Do they?
Oh, how marvelous!
I’m in hell!
She suddenly stops, and looks him up and down.
Oh, send him away. He smells like vomit.
Billy groans; he is crestfallen, and shuffles away.
Billy – –
When the witches follow the scent of the children to the school, they search the boy’s locker room…
The witches creep cautiously past lines of lockers.
I smell boys. Sweaty boys.
Isn’t it nice?
Sarah gets excited. They open a locker.
‘Tis for the little ones. They hang them off these hooks, then close the door.
(pointing to vents)
These holes retard spoilage.
Winifred’s face appears between them.
And these are for pulling.
She grabs their ears and yanks them OFF CAMERA.
INT. THE SWIMMING POOL – A MOMENT LATER
The three witches approach the edge of the water with trepidation.
‘Tis a drowning pool.
(points to diving board)
They make them walk the plank!
Winifred leans over the edge, sticks her finger in the water, and tastes it.
The water has been poisoned.
Mary and Sarah swap an evil look. They just can’t resist. They shove Winifred into the pool, then dance with glee as she thrashes around… But all laughter stops when they turn and see Winnie, soaking wet, standing at the edge of the pool, and glaring at them. They point at each other.
MARY & SARAH
She did it!
Winnie breaks into a good natured cackle, which Mary and Sarah eagerly take up. It gets bigger and bigger, until Winifred cracks their heads together.
A small change, after the witches have been burnt in the kiln and burst through the door, as they leave the furnace Winnie exclaims “THE WITCH IS BACK!” (a line used instead during the scene at the Town Hall party…)
Another humorous moment that was deleted and probably never filmed is during the scene where Winnie flies next to the car and asks for Max’s drivers permit. In the script, she pulls back and disappears… The script then calls for an EERIE BEACH BOYS GUITAR music to be played as Winnie appears flying next to the car, riding her broom like a surfer, and is about to jolt the car with her electric fingers – but Max swerves, knocking her off her broom and into the bushes…
SWEARING in a Disney film…
I’m not chasing you. I hate those bitches too… Let me help you.
The end scene is completely different too, once Emily and Thackery walk off into the distance…
BACK TO THE GRAVEYARD – ON DANI
as she sits on the ground and wipes away her tears. Suddenly a black paw bats playfully against her face. She looks down and sees… The the cat is alive; it wants to play.
Binx?… Can you talk?
The cat meows.
That’s okay. Meowing is good.
I guess he still had one life left.
Finally Max and Allison are in each other’s arms. They pull away from an incredible, enchanting kiss. Max is overwhelmed; the moment is magical.
So did I make a believer out of you?
Yeah. You did.
She just smiles at him.
Could we go home now please?
Max lifts her up onto his shoulder.
You shouldn’t have saved my life, Max, because now I’m going to bug you ’till I die.
And finally if anyone wants a treat, here’s a very rare recording of Sarah’s theme, ENJOY!