The Trump re-election campaign has started selling merchandise with a parody image based on Hocus Pocus, and one of the screenwriters who helped create the film says he’s “disgusted.”
The merchandise, which includes a t-shirt and “art” poster, depicts various Democratic lawmakers drawn as the witches from Hocus Pocus. In the image, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Jerry Nadler loom over a crystal ball and Washington D.C. skyline, with Donald Trump waving an American flag under a caption reading “STOP THE WITCH HUNT!”
Donald Trump has regularly claimed that investigations into his wrongdoing constitute “witch hunts.” Yesterday the House voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with foreign leaders.
Mick Garris, the co-screenwriter and executive producer of the film, tweeted his disappointment to see his work co-opted in this way.
"As one of the creators of Hocus Pocus, I am disgusted by this putrid act of evasion," he tweeted. "This is the worst president in our history, and I object in every way his attempt to co-opt, no matter how poorly, our creation. Leave our witches alone, oh Evil One."
Following up the next day, Garris wrote, “Friends, this isn't illegal, and I wouldn't want it to be. It's ‘satire’, inept as it is, as if drawn by a syphilitic chimpanzee. I'm just disgusted by our IP being used by the forces of evil, ineptly and repulsively.”
Garris is well known in the horror genre for his work, having adapted numerous Stephen King novels for the screen and serving on the board of advisers for the Hollywood Horror Museum.
He’s previously expressed pride in his role in creating Hocus Pocus, telling ComicBook.com, "it's a very, very happy part of my resume that I'm proud of, and that probably more people know me from that, despite my move away from family filmmaking since then.”
He added that he hopes to be involved with the recently-announced sequel.