When Will Hocus Pocus 2 Be Available To Stream?

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A Halloween classic is finally getting its long-awaited sequel 29 years later. Hocus Pocus originally debut in 1993 as a box office bomb, failing to compete with movie juggernauts Jurassic Park and Free Willy on its initial July release. Despite its initial poor reception, time proved to be the film’s ally, as DVD sales and repeated broadcasts on cable TV introduced the movie to a younger audience. Children, families, and others alike became entranced by the dazzling and eccentric personalities of The Sanderson Sisters, cementing the film as a cult classic.

Hocus Pocus is now considered a quintessential Halloween film, encapsulating both the humor and sickening horror of the holiday. Due to its rapid growth in popularity over the years, it’s no wonder that it was granted a sequel: Following the release of its first trailer, Hocus Pocus 2 has rekindled the spooktacular joy within fans of the cult classic in the lead-up to its digital release. Here are the details on how to stream Hocus Pocus 2 this September.

When Will I Be Able To Stream Hocus Pocus 2?

As a part of Disney+’s Hallowstream celebration, Hocus Pocus 2 will release digitally on September 30 at 12 AM PT. Disney+ subscribers will be able to watch the film straight away. Unfortunately for fans of the big screen, Hocus Pocus 2 was made exclusively for Disney+. There will not be a theatrical release.

How Can I Watch Hocus Pocus 2 For Free?

Subscribers to Disney+ will be able to watch Hocus Pocus 2 for free the day that it releases. Non-subscribers will need to either gain a Disney+ subscription themselves or watch with someone else that already has a subscription.

What Is Hocus Pocus 2 About?

Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy reprise their roles as The Sanderson sisters, three witches who prey on the lives of children to feed their own power. When they are accidentally brought back to life by three high-school students, the students have to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking havoc on modern-day Salem.

Who Else From the Original Hocus Pocus Is Returning?

Doug Jones will be reprising his role as zombie Billy Butcherson alongside Parker, Midler, and Najimy. In an interview with Screen Rant, Doug expressed that his return to the role was a “lovely surprise.”

The fans have been rumbling about it forever. But I was at the 20-year anniversary screening of Hocus Pocus nine years ago at the Disney lot,” said Jones. “One of our producers, David Kirschner, was there talking with my makeup artist, Tony Gardner, and they were conversing about the sequel that they were pitching to the studio. That’s when I realized, ‘Oh, it might actually happen,’ and then here we are nine years later, finally..”

It is unlikely that any of the younger actors from the original film will return to reprise their roles, meaning that besides the Sandersons and Billy Butcherson, the audience will be introduced to a new cast.

Vinessa Shaw, who played Allison in the original Hocus Pocus, expressed her disappointment to Entertainment Tonight in October 2021: “I haven’t heard anything,” she said. “I know, it’s so disappointing. I would love to do the sequel. It would be so much fun. I think there’s just a different storyline with younger people, but why can’t we all come back in some way?”

Where Can I Watch the Original Hocus Pocus Movie?

The original Hocus Pocus charmed audiences with its whimsical and creepy flair, and its sequel seems to be continuing its influential legacy. While the original director for the sequel, Adam Shankman, left due to scheduling conflicts, he was happy to give creative control to Anne Fletcher due to her previous work on projects including The Proposal, Step Up, and 27 Dresses.

“As heartbroken as I am that I won’t be able to direct my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica and Kathy in what is sure to be nothing short of a major event for Disney+ due to scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t be more pleased to be handing over the reins to Anne, who has brought so much laughter and joy into people’s lives with her previous work,” said Shankman to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fletcher expressed her excitement in her involvement in the sequel to Digital Spy. “Now more than ever, people need to laugh,” said Fletcher. “We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film.”

Hocus Pocus is available for streaming on Disney+. It is also available for purchase for $3.99 via YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, Apple TV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video.

When Will Hocus Pocus 2 Be Available To Stream?
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