Posted by Rande Iaboni on July 8, 2012 at 11:05 am
If you were a kid in the 90′s (as I was), then you most definitely have seen – or at least heard of – the 1993 family-horror Disney film ‘Hocus Pocus.’ Starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker, it has become a staple for many during the Halloween season. ‘Hocus Pocus’ is about three sister witches who after 300 years are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all.
When first released in theaters it wasn’t a smash hit but soon after found a strong cult following. For me, it’s one of my absolute favorite movies to watch around Halloween. It provides me with such nostalgic memories of my childhood and compared to all of the monotonous horror films released around October it stands out because it goes for fun instead of scary. So it should be no surprise that I was absolutely giddy with excitement when Moviehole broke the news that Disney is developing a sequel!
Apparently the sequel will be titled ‘Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch.’ The film is still in very early stages of development so there isn’t much more information except that we can expect to see it around Halloween time of next year. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that the original trio of sister witches won’t be making a return. Although, Bette Midler did once say it was her favorite film role ever. Maybe there will be some cameos thrown in for good fun.
Either way, original cast or not I am stoked for this. While I love a good fright film on Halloween, sometimes it’s also great to watch a film that reminds you about the fun of Halloween as a child. Stay tuned for more info on the sequel!
Do you think this is a good idea Banters? Have you seen the original film?