Hocus Pocus 2: The witches are back in the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel

by Natalie Kiser

The first trailer for the long-awaited sequel, Hocus Pocus 2 , has been released and everyone’s favorite witches are back in the follow-up to the cult classic Halloween favorite.

Per the official synopsis from Disney+, “It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve. “Hocus Pocus 2” also stars Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War”), Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Belissa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Froyan Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”),  and Tony Hale (“Veep”). The film is directed by Anne Fletcher (“Dumplin,’” “The Proposal”) and produced by Lynn Harris (“King Richard,” “The Shallows”), with Ralph Winter (“Hocus Pocus,” “X-Men” franchise), David Kirschner (“Hocus Pocus,” “Chucky”) and Adam Shankman (“Disenchanted,” “Hairspray”) serving as executive producers.”

The first Hocus Pocus is the very definition of a cult hit. Directed by Kenny Ortega and released in 1993, the film received mixed reviews upon release and was viewed as a box office failure by Disney. Despite a slim $28 million budget, the film’s $44.3 million domestic gross wasn’t enough given the marketing spend that Disney put into it. In fact, Disney reportedly lost $16.5 million on the movie during its theatrical run. The film’s misfortunes changed due to strong annual DVD sales over the years and yearly record-breaking showings on Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween. The movie is now a Halloween staple for fans and continues to grow in popularity.

Did YOU like the trailer? Hocus Pocus 2 hits Disney+ on September 30, 2022. You can check out the film’s official teaser key art below!