As far as goth childhood classics go, Hocus Pocus is one of the most beloved. The film opens with witches the Sanderson Sisters sucking the life force out of a little girl before being hanged, only to rise from the dead on Halloween to try and devour every child in Salem, MA. The very fact that something which sounds like a Cradle of Filth album concept was marketed to children just speaks to how metal a decade the ’90s were. Now, Disney has revealed that the film’s three female leads, Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker are returning for a sequel — and they’ve shared a first look at the Sanderson Sister in the modern day.
As you’ll see in the photo below (courtesy of Bloody Disgusting), very little has changed in terms of the Sanderson Sisters’ look, save the usual effects of nearly three decades passing since the original film was made (God, we’re old). But that in and of itself is a good thing — nobody wants Hocus Pocus to feature a bunch of young models replacing the original leads, or cutesy CGI characters, or any of that shit. We want witches, talking cats, and zombies with their mouths sewn shut (fun fact: Doug Jones is also returning to the movie as reanimated corpse Billy Butcherson).
“It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters who were executed for practicing witchcraft, and they are looking for revenge,” says Disney’s marketing copy. “Now it is up to three high-school students to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.”
Check out your first look at the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus 2:
Hocus Pocus 2 is set to arrive in the fall of 2022, just in time for next Halloween.
Words by Chris Krovatin