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Starring: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Doug Jones, Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Paige Henderson
OUR RATING: ★★½
Disney+ fantasy comedy horror sequel directed by Anne Fletcher. It’s been twenty-nine years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah (Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica), and they are looking for revenge. Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) centers on three high school students, Becca, Cassie, and Izzy (Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, and Belissa Escobedo), who after accidentally bringing back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem, must figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Not to freak out, but the idea of a vengeful maniac, obsessed with getting revenge on Salem, becoming an invincible, all-powerful, vengeful maniac, obsessed with getting revenge on Salem, sounds very bad for Salem.' Izzy Click To Tweet
Young Winifred: This is the worst day of my life.
Young Sarah: But, Winnie, look what we have made. I discovered if thou doth grind pig’s hooves and mix it with water, it creates mysterious goo. Then Mary had the wonderful idea to mix a drop of goat’s blood. And look. It jiggleth.
Reverend Traske: [to the young Sanderson Sisters] A rotten apple quickly infects its neighbor. And we want no more like thee. I banish thee from Salem! Forever.
Young Winifred: I’ve never been this deep into the woods before.
Young Sarah: I do not like this place.
Young Mary: Perhaps we should form a calming circle. Think soothing thoughts.
Young Sarah: The smell of fresh mud.
Young Winifred: The Reverend’s scream when he saw the spider.
The Witch Mother: Thou art different from the other children I have eat… Met. They feared thou wouldst corrupt them. New World. Same story. But they were right to fear thee. Thy temper.
Young Winifred: I do not have a temper.
The Witch Mother: Thy power.
The Witch Mother: [referring to the woods] This is a very sacred space for witches. We come here to charge our magic. To make us stronger. More powerful. This altar is what makes Salem so very special.
Young Winifred: Special? Salem is dreadful.
The Witch Mother: Only because it is run by fools! But one day Salem will belong to us.
Young Winifred: Us?
The Witch Mother: Magic has a way of uniting things that ought to be together.
The Witch Mother: Thou art lucky to have each other. A witch is nothing without her coven.
Young Winifred: Where is thy coven?
The Witch Mother: Long gone I’m afraid. The world is not too fond of witches. Can’t imagine why.
Young Mary: Perhaps because thou eateth the children?
The Witch Mother: How else does one stay young and ridiculously beautiful?
Reverend Traske: Can you feel it? It’s all around us. It’s evil. It’s evil!
'Legend has it, it's on the sixteenth birthday that a witch gets her powers.' - Gilbert, 'And like most legends, I'm assuming that's based on some sort of patriarchal fear of female aging.' - Becca (Hocus Pocus 2) Click To Tweet
Cassie: Hey, happy birthday!
Cassie: So what are you guys doing tonight?
Becca: Birthday ritual, scary movie marathon. Same as every year, you know?
Mike: You knew that was going to happen.
Becca: Mr. Wilke is a jerk. Of course, he’d give us a pop quiz on Halloween. I made an inference.
Mike: Is that a spell?
Cassie: It did sound like you said Satan.
Becca: I said seitan. I was literally listing vegan food.
Mike: See. She admits it.
Cassie: I can’t believe you guys are still doing the birthday ritual. We started doing that, what, when we were like five?
Becca: We get it, Cassie. You’re too cool for it now.
Mayor Traske: Are you heading to your sacred circle?
Becca: We actually don’t call it the sacred circle anymore.
Izzy: It felt a little bit dramatic.
Mayor Traske: Oh, that’s a bummer.
'Power is meant to be shared.' - Izzy (Hocus Pocus 2) Click To Tweet
Mayor Traske: Oh, where is Cassie?
Izzy: Well, she’s running late. She had a mascara crisis.
Mayor Traske: Mascara? Is everything okay?
Mayor Traske: You don’t remember Sandy’s Candy Cauldron? Oh, come on. She was the best. And then she got so busy because she went on something called GMA, which is like some acronym for fancy people. I don’t really get it, but, you know.
Izzy: Good Morning America?
Gilbert: People of Salem, gather round. I am Gilbert the Great, here to terrify and amaze you with the most bone-chilling legend of All Hallow’s Eve. That of the Sanderson Sisters. The Sanderson Sisters were the most powerful coven that ever lived, thanks to Winifred’s book of spells.
Townsperson: [as the book is kept in locked glass case] You really don’t want people opening that book, huh?
Gilbert: That’s not to keep people from getting in. No, it’s to keep the book from getting out.
'What a cruel world. We finally have the blood on the nary our nostrils, yet we are trapped in salt, like a slab of corned beef!' - Winifred Sanderson (Hocus Pocus 2) Click To Tweet
Gilbert: [referring to Halloween 1693] In that same night, the three witches hanged. But not before they cast the curse! That if a virgin should light the Black Flame Candle on All Hallow’s Eve with a full moon in the sky, the Sanderson Sisters vowed they would one day return to take revenge on all of Salem.
Boy: What’s a virgin?
Gilbert: That is a person who has never lit a candle.
Gilbert: And if you two would like to try your hand at resurrecting the Sanderson Sisters, Black Flame candles are half off for Halloween.
Gilbert: You know, legend has it, it’s on the sixteenth birthday that a witch gets her powers.
Becca: And like most legends, I’m assuming that’s based on some sort of patriarchal fear of female aging.
Gilbert: Yeah, probably that too.
Izzy: [referring to the candle] Ew. It looks like it drowned.
Gilbert: Well, looks aren’t everything.
Becca: You know, I still don’t get why you chose the creepiest part of the woods to have a ritual.
Izzy: I just kind of feel drawn to it. And besides, it’s nice to be in the comfort of nature.
Becca: The park behind my house has great nature too.
'My eyes have misted over with the tragic tears of a lifetime of failure.' - Winifred Sanderson (Hocus Pocus 2) Click To Tweet
Becca, Izzy: Another year begins anew. Maiden, Mother, and Crone too. We call on thee with one request, help our intentions manifest.
Winifred Sanderson: Lock up your children! Yes, Salem, we’re back!
Winifred Sanderson: Come, sisters. If we intend to live past sunrise, we have to brew the life potion and steal their souls.
Winifred Sanderson: This time, we see a teenager. We will kill it!
Izzy: Wait! Wait! We’re not teenagers!
Izzy: We only look young, but really we’re forty?
Mary Sanderson: What?
Winifred Sanderson: Forty?
Mary Sanderson: Old folks, huh?
Sarah Sanderson: A very fine position.
Winifred Sanderson: They’re aged.
'My doing has been my undoing. My folly, my fate.' - Winifred Sanderson (Hocus Pocus 2) Click To Tweet
Becca: Yeah. I mean we eat young souls all the time! We’re just like you guys! That’s why we brought you back! You are our idols! Really?
Winifred Sanderson: Idols?! My favorite word! Thou dost worship us?
Becca: Of course!
Izzy: And great news! You don’t have the brew the potions anymore. You could just buy them!
Winifred Sanderson: Buy them?
Becca: Yes! We have we have a whole youth and beauty industry. You know, shops where you can buy all sorts of serums and lotions.
Mary Sanderson: Lotions. Oh, lotions! Like potions!
Winifred Sanderson: Oh! Potions!
Izzy: Yep. Yep. Just like potions. Except better, because the souls are already mixed in.