Return to Salem


Nearly 30 years later, the iconic Sanderson sisters are back and are set on getting revenge on the town of Salem once and for all.  Released on Sept. 30, “Hocus Pocus 2,” the sequel to the original “Hocus Pocus,” is adding extra excitement following the Halloween season.  

“I personally thought [Hocus Pocus] was super good. I have not watched the second one, but I am super excited to see it,” Jamari Maxime, junior, said.  

In the original movie, Max (played by Omri Katz), the main character, accidentally brought the Sanderson sisters back to life by lighting the Black Flame Candle; however, while he was successful in banishing them, three high schoolers (Becca, Izzy, and Cassie) coincidently did the same thing in Hocus Pocus 2, resurrecting them once again. In the movie, the girls have to try to stop the Sanderson sisters who are back for revenge on Cassie, Reverend Traske’s descendent, the man who had them executed 370 years ago, before 24 hours is up. 

“I loved the new spin on Hocus Pocus 2 when [the Sanderson sisters] had to adjust to modern times while still being evil, especially when they waltzed through the Walgreens and thought the face masks had children in them. It gave me a good laugh and made me feel like a child again,” Brooke Belsito, senior, said.  

The sequel is bringing back many people’s childhood memories, as it has several returning cast members from the original movie. All three of the Sanderson sisters, Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, are featured again thanks to the original actors. Fan favorite Doug Jones is also back playing Billy Butcherson, Winifred’s undead ex-boyfriend.  

 “I was very glad that the original actors playing the Sanderson sisters came back for the second movie because they are iconic, and [Hocus Pocus 2] would not be the same without them,” Cooper Gilreath, junior, said.  

To keep the Halloween spirit alive throughout the year, one can watch “Hocus Pocus 2” on Disney +.