The First Draft of the Script Was Basically a Horror Movie
The original script for Hocus Pocus from screenwriter Mick Garris was much, much darker than the movie we all know and love. "What I had written originally was about 12-year-olds," he told Entertainment Weekly. "The kids being younger and in more jeopardy was certainly something more explicitly frightening." He further explained that the movie eventually became more "broadly comedic," adding in scenes like the devil one with Garry and Penny Marshall. Poor Billy Butcherson, however, was always going to lose his head (as if those lips weren't bad enough . . .).