Halloween would be nothing without Disney’s smash hit Cheat. When the film hit theaters in the summer of 1993, it underperformed, but fans revived it from the dead, becoming a cult classic. Cheat Horror is always on the watch list during the season, and the film’s hit song “I Put a Spell on You” is always featured on Halloween playlists. But the film and its music would have been met at dawn and destroyed before they hit theaters, if it weren’t for a very special person, Winifred Sanderson, Bette Midler.
A real cat inspired ‘Hocus Pocus’
According to the 1994 TV documentary Cheating: Let the Magic BeginMILF inspired a real life cat Cheat. One night, David Kirshner and his daughter were outside while their neighbor’s cat was walking. The cat inspired Kirschner to write a children’s story about a boy who was turned into a cat 300 years earlier by three witches.
the film was originally called Disney’s Halloween House, And it was deep and scary. Nayak was also a 12 year old girl. mental Floss writes that to present the story to Disney, the writers had officers enter a darkened room with a broom and a vacuum hanging from the ceiling. They also scattered tons of candy corn all over the place.
Kirshner, who went on to produce the film, originally wanted Cloris Leachman to play Winifred Sanderson because he loved her in another creepy classic, young frankenstein. However, the studio wanted Midler. Leachman later starred in another Halloween classic double double Toil and Trouble With Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
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‘I Put a Spell on You’ Was Written with Bette Midler in Mind
When Midler signed on to play Winifred Sanderson, the film was completely geared toward him, writes stir. She was the only veteran actress in the cast and the faces the parents could recognize. Having Midler on board was great for composter Mark Shaiman. He Wrote the Broadway Musical spray and worked with Midler beaches. Shaiman knew Midler well; How did he work and what kind of songs did he like to sing. Hence, he arranged the music for one of the most memorable scenes. Cheat, especially with that in mind.
He wrote a song that sounded like Midler would want to sing on Broadway and on tour. Based on the lyrics from the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ 1956 song “I Put a Spell on You”, Shaiman added a touch of Midler Cheat‘ Singing. Seeing Midler’s live performance inspired Shaiman to make the song more orchestral.
“It’s kind of a groove that will be the opening song of the Bette Midler concert,” Shaiman explained to Bustle. “It naturally fell into that.” Making the scene feel even more like the Midler show, Shaiman cast Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi as Midler’s real-life back-up singer, The Harlets. “Since I worked with Bette and her back-up group The Harlets so often, it was only natural to give Kathy and SJP the ‘Harlet’ style back-up parts that they sing (and dance to) in the film.
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Bette Midler Now Includes ‘I Put A Spell On You’ In Her Live Show
Midler has included “I Put a Spell on You” in his live shows. She has performed for audiences for years in full Winifred Sanderson costume and makeup. It just proves that she loves the film as much as the fans. In 2015, she performed the song in Arizona and shouted, “I’m ready for my sequel, Mr. Disney!”
Midler got his wish because a Cheat A sequel is currently in the works, scheduled to premiere in 2022. A virgin has once again lit a black flame candle, and the Sanderson witches have to suck the soul of a child or else face the harsh light of dawn and be gone for good. But hopefully, the new film will have an iconic song for Milder to sing as well.