“Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me sick!”

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Hocus Pocus was released way back in 1993 but it hasn’t lost its magical touch.

Whether you’re a child or in your 30s, the film is a Halloween favourite with people of all ages.

It tells the story of the Sanderson sisters, three witches who are awakened from their 300 year slumber by a teenage boy, and begin to carry out their dastardly plan to suck out the souls of all of Salem’s children.

On its 25th anniversary, here’s five spooky facts you might not have known about the cult classic.

1. It started off as a bedtime story

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The idea for Hocus Pocus came from producer David Kirschner.

One night, he and and his young daughter were sitting outside and his neighbour’s black cat walked by.

Kirschner created a tale of how the cat was once a boy who was changed into a feline by three witches.

2. Binx was one of the first computer generated characters used in a movie

The immortal talking cat isn’t really a live animal at all.

Director Kenny Ortega wasn’t happy with the animatronic feline that was bought for the film.

He also thought attempts to hand-animate a mouth on footage of a real cat looked too artificial.

An animation company was brought in to create the CGI Thackery Binx.

They used computers to design a three-dimensional cat head based on a plaster model.

Additionally, eight black cats were used to complement CGI Binx.

3. Come Little Children was composed by the same man who wrote My Heart Will Go On

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Come Little Children, performed by Sarah Jessica Parker, was composed by James Horner.

He co-wrote and won an Oscar for Titanic’s My Heart Will Go On.

4. A choreographer was brought in for the broomstick riding scene

Choreographer Peggy Holmes had lessons with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker to teach them how to ride their broomsticks/vacuums.

Holmes reportedly travelled with them in their cars to see how they drove and then incorporated that into their broomstick/vacuum-riding.

5. The moths that fly out of Billy’s mouth are real

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Risen zombie Billy Butcherson, played by Doug Jones of The Shape of Water fame, had his mouth sewn shut by Winifred.

After he cut his stitches open, moths flew out of his mouth.

Doug has since revealed that the moths were real and makeup artists used a dental dam–like device to keep them from going down his throat.

If you want to cast a spell and throw it back to 1993 (or 1693!), you can watch Hocus Pocus at a drive-in cinema in Galway.

iRadio is delighted to announce that we’re bringing back the drive-in cinema, in conjunction with Retro Drive-in Movies.

Catch Hocus Pocus on the biggest mobile LED screen in the world at Ballybrit Racecourse on Sunday, October 21st.

Here’s the full schedule:

Friday, Ocotber 19th

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone at 8pm

Saturday, October 20th

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets at 2:45pm

Scream at 9:30pm

Sunday, October 21st

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban at 3pm

Hocus Pocus at 6:45pm

The Exorcist at 9:15pm

Grab your tickets here.


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