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Witches, prepare thyselves! Disney's Hocus Pocus 2 just dropped, which means the Sanderson sisters are officially back to wreak havoc on the residents of Salem. The original movie, Hocus Pocus, became an instant staple of Halloween marathons when it arrived back in 1993. In case you nee a quick refresher, the original plot follows three witches, Winifred, (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary Sanderson (Kathy Najimy), who were killed during the Salem Witch Trials.
Now, with the long-anticipated sequel finally streaming on Disney Plus, the Sandersons are back for revenge. Read on for everything we know about Hocus Pocus 2.
Hocus Pocus 2 is now streaming on Disney Plus.
The movie released on Disney Plus, rather than in theaters, at midnight (one of the spookiest hours) on September 30, 2022. So, you can do a double feature of the new one along with the original, thank Satan.
— Disney+ (@DisneyPlus) September 30, 2022
Most of the original Hocus Pocus cast returned.
Midler, Parker, and Najimy all made their comebacks for Hocus Pocus 2, along with Doug Jones (returning as Billy Butcherson). The film also featured several new characters. The three main characters are Becca, played by Gossip Girl's Whitney Peak; Cassie, played by Lilia Buckingham; and Izzy, played by Belissa Escobedo.
They're joined by Ted Lasso's Hannah Waddingham, Veep's Sam Richardson as Gilbert, and Veep's Tony Hale, who plays two different characters: an evil reverend and Salem's mayor. Rounding out the cast are three Drag Race queens: Kornbread Jeté, Ginger Minj, and Kahmora Hall—who each play a drag version of the three witches.
The original movie was directed by Kenny Ortega, but Hocus Pocus 2's director is Anne Fletcher, who previously helmed Step Up, 27 Dresses, and The Proposal. It's written by Jen D'Angelo.
Hocus Pocus 2's plot: Salem is in danger once again.
In the original movie, a teenage boy, Max (Omri Katz) lights a candle that brings the witches back from the dead—on Halloween night. Along with the help of his sister, Dani (Thora Birch), and a talking cat, they successfully manage to destroy the Sanderson witches.
The sequel picks up 29 years later. Once again, the Sanderson sisters have been brought back from the dead—and this time, they're out for revenge. Becca, Cassie, and Izzy must work together to stop the witches' rampage through Salem (and the world).
Watch Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney Plus.
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