In the 1993 Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, three long-dead witches attempted to save the lives of Salem's children by sucking the children's souls, and fell in love with the sisters' fish-out-of-water tales and the children's lives until the sunrise. And now, three decades later, the Sanderson sisters are returning for Hocus Pocus 2, just in time to cast a spell on a whole new generation.
Ginger Minj, Kornbread Jete, and Kahmora Hall will reprise their roles as the Sanderson sisters in the next film. As well, Star Trek Discovery's Doug Jones will reprise his role as Winifred's former lover who rose from the dead in the original to assist the children in bringing his ex-girlfriend's plots to an end.
The first chapter of Hocus Pocus 2 will revolve around two teenagers who light the mysterious Black Flame Candle and inadvertently bring back the Sanderson sisters. Judging by the trailer, it appears the film will also explore the threee witches' backstory.
Maggie Lovitt, who plays Collider, describes the film as "magical," and that the Halloween tale has "unexpected meaning."
Joshua Ryan, Josh Jones, and Ashley Saunders all praise the film for recapturing the essence of the original, which is not an easy feat when the first is such a beloved Halloween classic.
Guy At The Movies, Cinema Stubs, and Kami Allen praise the acting in the film, especially Midler, Najimi, and Parker for effortlessly reprising their roles, while also recognizing the new cast members.
Anne Fletecher's direction is praised by Mike Reyes, who believes it's still as dark as the first, while Tessa Smith finds the film funny and unexpectedly moving:
On September 30, Hocus Pocus 2 will be released on Disney+. In the meantime, you may view the teaser below, before returning to Salem.