If “Hocus Pocus” is your favorite Halloween movie, you’ll be thrilled to know there’s a sequel in the works. Disney stated in May 2021 that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy would return as the Sanderson sisters. So far they are the only cast members who have been confirmed.
But one OG cast member from the 1993 film hasn’t been called about the sequel at all. Omri Katz, who played Max Dennison in the original film, says he hasn’t heard anything about reprising his role.
Neither Thora Birch, who played Max’s sister Dani, nor Vinessa Shaw, who played Max’s crush Allison, have been confirmed for the sequel either. It’s likely the film will include an all-new cast for the next generation of “Hocus Pocus” super fans.
“Hocus Pocus” came out in 1993 and also featured “NCIS” star Sean Murray as Thackery Binx. Although, he does spend most of his time as a cat. The film follows Max Dennison as he accidentally lights the black flame candle and summons the Sanderson sisters back to Salem, Massachusetts.
The three witches are obsessed with youth, and try to steal it from all the children in Salem. It’s up to Max, Dani, and Allison, along with some help from Thackery Binx and Billy Butcherson, to stop the witches’ devious plot.
Beyond ‘Hocus Pocus’: Outsider-Approved Horror Movies for Your Halloween
Halloween means horror, and we here at Outsider aren’t above getting a little spooky. We’ve got a great list of films perfect for your Halloween weekend movie marathon.
If you’re looking for something a little more Halloweeny than your typical horror movie, then “Trick R’ Treat” is perfect. Released in 2007, the film is an anthology of connected Halloween tales. It explores different Halloween themes and tropes and features Sam, a cute little supernatural killer who enforces the rules of Halloween. Kids just do the darndest things.
1973’s “The Exorcist” is a classic horror film that jumpstarted the demonic possession/exorcism movie craze. It follows a possessed little girl, played by Linda Blair, and the priest who tries to save her from the demon. The film is genuinely chilling; can we talk about the spider walk down the stairs scene that was cut and then restored? Or the turning the head all the way around bit? I won’t touch the pea soup with a ten foot pole, though.
As for horror/comedies, “What We Do In The Shadows” has everything you need for a Halloween night full of laughs. A mockumentary-style movie, “What We Do In The Shadows” follows four vampire roommates as they try to navigate modern life. They clash with a werewolf pack, bring a human into their fold, and serve up some steaming plates of “basgeti.” In a word, it’s perfect.