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Hocus Pocus is a Halloween movie that originally came out July 16th, 1993. The movie takes place in Salem, Massachusetts and follows Max, his little sister Dani, and their new friend Allison, They venture into a historical but boarded off cottage belonging to a legend about a coven of witches, the Sanderson Sisters. Max accidentally frees the Sanderson Sisters, but there’s a catch. The sisters have to brew the Life Potion, a potion of which steals souls of children and restores the witches’ youth, in order to live past sunrise. Max, Dani and Allison have to defeat the Sisters with the help of a magical cat, Binx.

On September 30th, 2022, Disney released Hocus Pocus 2,  The movie has the same rundown except with new main characters, Cassie, Becca, Izzy and Gilbert. Becca and Izzy are best friends in high school who do the same birthday witch rituals every year, which Cassie used to participate in before drifting away from the two.

Gilbert, is a shop owner of Olde Town Magic Shoppe, which is located in the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage.  Becca and Izzy accidentally free the Sanderson Sisters 29 years after their “death”. The Sanderson Sisters, try to brew an old spell called the Magicae Maxima which is a spell no witch should ever use. While the Sanderson Sisters find their ingredients for the Spell, Becca, Izzy and Cassie attempt to vanquish the Sanderson Sisters once more. 

The film itself, and its concept, is well-done. The fact that Disney introduced the backstory of the Sanderson sisters, as well as answering some questions from the first movie, added to the fun and provided some surprises.

This movie deserves 3 out of 5 stars. It lets the audience sympathize with the Sanderson Sisters because of their backstory, and lets the viewer understand certain actions they take in this movie. The story also focused on the friendships between the young characters. It was very comedic, which makes it enjoyable for its new and younger audience.

However, even though the sisters do sing some of their spells, as they did in the first movie, in the sequel, the musical numbers were off-putting because they seemed to belt out these songs at random times. In addition, the movie leaves some questions unanswered. 

I would recommend Hocus Pocus 2 to a younger audience who enjoys a more lighthearted Halloween movie.