The “Hocus Pocus 2” Trailer Casts a Spell

Legend has it that a witch gets her powers on her 16th birthday. For three teenage girls living in modern-day Salem, what sounds like pure silliness turns out to be more like a warning. While celebrating a birthday, the three friends at the heart of Hocus Pocus 2 decide to spice up their lives with a birthday seancé, of sorts, and end up unwittingly conjuring the Sanderson Sisters. And abracadabra, new life is breathed into the Halloween classic of yore, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy returning to roles they last inhabited in the 1993 original.

“Lock up your children!” Winifred (Midler) shouts upon her resurrection. “Yes, Salem, we’re back!” For those too young to remember the original, Hocus Pocus became a cult classic thanks to the lovably go-for-broke performances of the original trio. The Sanderson Sisters (Midler’s Winifred, Najimy’s Mary, and Parker’s Sarah) were killed during the 1692 Salem Witch Trials but were summoned back in the original film by youngster Max (Omri Katz). In the sequel, directed by Anne Fletcher, Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, and Lilia Buckingham play the three teens whose birthday ritual ends up dragging the Sanderson Sisters from beyond the grave. They’re joined by an excellent cast that includes Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, and Taylor Paige Henderson.

Check out the trailer below. Hocus Pocus 2 hits Disney+ on September 30.

Here’s the official synopsis for Hocus Pocus 2:

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy reunite for the highly anticipated Disney+ Original Movie Hocus Pocus 2. The live-action, long-awaited sequel to the perennial Halloween classic, which brings back the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters for more comedic mayhem, will debut on Disney+ on September 30.

It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve. 

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Featured image: Kathy Najimy as Mary Sanderson, Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Sarah Sanderson in HOCUS POCUS 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Matt Kennedy. © 2022 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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