Hocus Pocus 2 Premiere Date Announced

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Hocus Pocus certainly put a spell on us back in 1993. After 29 years of false starts and rumors, we officially have a Hocus Pocus 2 premiere date. Announced yesterday at Disney’s upfronts presentation, the eagerly awaited follow-up will officially premiere on Disney+ on September 30.

The film is officially a sequel to director Kenny Ortega’s near 30-year-old film about a coven of child-soul-stealing sisters who get resurrected in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts. Their attempts to obtain immortality are thwarted by a group of kids and a 300-year-old cat. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Doug Jones are confirmed to be returning for the movie filmed in Connecticut and Rhode Island last fall.

Winifred Sanderson (Bette Midler) raises her arms and says, "'Tis time!", in the film, "Hocus Pocus" (1993).

There’s no word if child actors Thora Birch, Omri Katz, or Vinessa Shaw will be in the film. Though Jamie Lee reported last year that Thora Birch had made some cryptic tweets about a “Mah-velous!” 2022. Newcomers will include Emmy-winning Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham, Veep’s Tony Hale, and Werewolves Within star Sam Richardson. Hocus Pocus 2 was written by Workaholics writer Jen D’Angelo and directed by The Proposal director Anne Fletcher.

Hocus Pocus 2’s story isn’t all that different from the original story, this time with three high-school girls accidentally resurrecting the Sanderson Sisters and forced to stop them from wreaking their havoc on the world. The sequel may focus more on magic this time around as well, suggesting:

“The world may have been free of Winifred, Mary, and Sarah and the fear they invoked in us all, but what happens when you mess with magic? It messes back.”

With the announcement of the Hocus Pocus 2 premiere date, a trailer for the upcoming sequel should be forthcoming. A clip of rough-cut footage was revealed during Disney’s upfronts presentation yesterday where, according to Entertainment Weekly, two young girls lit the black flame candle and summoned the witches. Bette Midler’s high-pitched Winifred was then heard crowing, “Lock up your children! Yes, Salem, we’re back!” then seen performing a version of the Elton John hit “The Bitch is Back.”

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Written by Sean Parker

Living just outside of Boston, Sean has always been facinated by what horror can tell us about contemporary society. He started writing music reviews for a local newspaper in his twenties and found a love for the art of thematic and symbolic analysis. Sean joined Horror Obsessive at it's inception, and is currently the site's Creative Director. He produces and edits the weekly Horror Obsessive podcast for the site as well as his interviews with guests. He has recently started his foray into feature film production as well, his credits include Alice Maio Mackay's Bad Girl Boogey, Michelle Iannantuono's Livescreamers, and Ricky Glore's upcoming Troma picture, Sweet Meats.

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