Talk has been circulating about Focus Focus 2 since Disney released the first teaser trailer on Disney+ Day in October 2021. The trailer shows a black candle flame tuned to a solo piano version of the lullaby sung by Sanderson Sister Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) in the 1993 original film. Since then, there have been more chatter around the second installment of the beloved cult classic. Although the original film was not a huge box office success, it has gained a large following since its initial release, even having a successful theatrical re-release in 2020. Combine the late film success with the general sheer results of family-friendly films in the horror/Halloween genre, and the world is ready for a Hocus Pokus sequel.
What Happened at the First Hocus Pocus?
So, where does the first film stop? The previous film took audiences on a fairly dark but often comedic journey on Halloween night. Some modern kid accidentally summons three long-dead witches (The Sanderson Sisters) from the grave by lighting a fairytale black flame candle. Although nested under the Walt Disney Pictures label, Hocus Pokus has some pretty creepy elements. Throughout the film, audiences see children get their souls literally sucked out of their bodies, witches are publicly hanged and burned alive, and the heads of the undead roll around, which is more horror than one would expect from a family-friendly film.
However, those fears are expertly offset by the sheer charisma of Sanderson’s oldest sister, Winnie (Bette Midler), and her co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kath Najimy, as siblings Sarah and Mary, respectively. Midler, Parker, and Najimy’s incredible performance and comedic energy make up for some of the film’s more obvious flaws or inconsistencies, such as the pacing, clichés (the bullies stealing main character Max’s shoes), or random musical numbers (“I Put a Spell on You” ). In the end, good triumphs over evil, children save the day, and witches turn to dust at the dawn of November 1. Mysteriously, the final scene is Winnie’s favorite spell book, which she refers to as “The Book”, opens her eyes. Perhaps this final wink at the audience was Disney’s signal that a sequel was on his mind in 1993. Nearly 30 years later, the studio has finally fulfilled its implied promise.
What Will Be the Focus of Focus 2? Be About?
Although Disney hasn’t hinted at anything concrete regarding the plot of the Focus Focus 2, rumor mill spinning. There is some stipulation that it will be balanced darker, less funny tone than the original. If Disney goes a darker path, it might be interesting to see the studio tackle something akin to reimagining Sabrina the Teenage Witch la Sabrina’s Cold Adventurewhich is rumored to be making a comeback soon.
In addition, continuation novels do exist. Written to commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary, Hocus Pocus & New Sequels follows Max’s daughter, Poppy, as she confronts the Sanderson Sisters on her own adventure. However, this plot may be less likely since Disney’s first teaser and recently released trailers suggest that black candle flames will be featured heavily. In New Sequel, it’s not the candles but the Halloween Blood Moon that awakens the sisters. The theory doesn’t quite fit. Viewers might also hope that Disney has grown tired of the hero-parenting tropes that were popular in ’90s direct-to-video sequels.
Is There A Trailer for Hocus Pocus 2?
The aforementioned black candle flame teaser trailer was released on Halloween last year, followed by a seductive image of The Sanderson Sisters on the Disney+ reels announcing the upcoming attraction for 2022 last December. The latest update comes from Entertainment Weekly. Last month, EW reported Disney showing rough footage during the presentation. The footage shows two young girls lighting black candles and Midler chuckling, “Lock your kids! Yes, Salem, we’re back!” before launching a rough cover of “The Bitch is Back.” Other stars appeared, such as Doug Jones (who played Winnie’s ex-girlfriend Billy Butcherson), Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, and Hannah Waddingham. While nothing is explicitly said about the plot, it’s clear The Sanderson Sisters are back again, and the city of Salem has to face a challenge.
When Will Hocus Pocus 2 Be Released?
Luckily for fans, Disney has announced a release date of September 30, 2022 on Disney+. So fans will have a whole month before Halloween to celebrate the return of The Sanderson Sisters.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.