Updated: Jun 1
Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris. The film follows a villainous comedic trio of witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy (Omri Katz) in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night.
The film was released in the United States on July 16, 1993, by Walt Disney Pictures where it received mixed reviews from film critics at the time of its release. It was not a critical or commercial success upon its release, possibly losing Disney around $16.5 million during its theatrical run. However, over the years this film has become a cult classic for many people, with annual airings on Disney Channel all throughout the month of October annually. This inadvertently makes Hocus Pocus rediscovered by audiences, which results in a yearly spike in home video sales of the film every Halloween season.
Principal photography began on October 12, 1992. The film is set in Salem, Massachusetts, but most of it was shot on sound stages in Burbank, California. However, its daytime scenes were filmed in Salem and Marblehead, Massachusetts during two weeks of filming with principal cast.
OLD TOWN HALL
DATE(S) VISITED: SEP 21, 2021
LOCATION: SALEM, MA
OLD BURIAL HILL
DATE(S) VISITED: AUG, 2017
LOCATION: MARBLEHEAD, MA
The initial Team H excursion to Burial Hill was back in 2017 when on a H.P. Lovecraft location binge. Unbeknownst at the time that Hocus Pocus was actually filmed here. A trip back at some point will be had to find the site where the graveyard scene was actually shot.
The night scenes of Burial Hill as seen in the movie were studio sets, the actual entrance is a little less extravagant.