The Sanderson Sisters Return

Hocus Pocus 2 streams on Disney+


Promo photo from Disney+

The poster from the new Disney movie Hocus Pocus 2 showcases returning actresses Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson), Bette Midler (Winifred Sanderson), and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson). Hocus Pocus 2 released on the Disney Plus streaming app Sept. 30.

After 33 years, the adorable, bumbling evil sisters of Hocus Pocus are finally back. When it first came out in 1993, the hit movie marked the childhood and youth of many people from older generations and beyond. 

When the sequel was announced in 2020, children and adults were thrilled that Disney decided to produce the movie after so long, bringing back the Salem Witches.

“I used to watch Hocus Pocus with my family all the time while growing up. It was my favorite Halloween movie and one of my favorites from Disney,” senior Dan Rivera said. “The witches are iconic and I love their outfits.”

After almost two years of waiting, the official trailer was finally released by Disney+ on Sept. 9 but divided viewers’ opinions on social media and among the fans. Opponents were mostly upset about the directors changing the story and not bringing back the entire original cast. 

“When I first heard about the movie, I was really excited. Now I’m kind of disappointed because they’re making the movie about two best friends that happen to be in the Sanderson sister’s town,” junior Shyanna Hughes said. “I’m also upset because the producers said they were bringing back the original cast and gave me hopes that it would literally be the whole original cast when it’s actually just the witches.”

Even so, many people are still looking forward to watching the upcoming movie and are holding onto their hopes that the low-rated trailers are unrepresentative of the film and that Hocus Pocus 2 will be a hit. Even the toughest of critics like Rotten Tomatoes only gave the sequel 63%, most movie enthusiasts are looking forward to the show this Halloween and the audience rating is just above 50%.

“I think it’s amazing that they’re bringing back such a special movie after this many years,” junior Janeth Lopez said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how they’re going to manage the new story if they’ll use flashbacks or mentions of old characters, and how they’re bringing the witches to a new century.”