The anticipated sequel to the 1993 classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus premiered just in time for Spooky Season on September 30. Hocus Pocus 2 brings back Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the iconic Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson to cast spells on the citizens of Salem once again.
In Hocus Pocus 2, it’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle which resurrects the Sanderson Sisters. As Becca (Whitney Peak) and her bestie Izzy (Belisa Escobedo) celebrate Becca’s 16th birthday they are tricked by local shop owner Gilbert (Sam Richardson) into bringing the Sanderson Sisters back from the dead. They must build their own coven to stop the witches from sucking the lives out of the children of Salem. Doug Jones, Lilia Buckingham, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, Juju Journey Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson, and Nina Kitchen all appear in Hocus Pocus 2.
Hocus Pocus 2 does a good job of reinventing what made Hocus Pocus so joyous to watch all while slipping in easter eggs for fans of the original. The sequel was funny, the witches looked great all these years later, and the ending had an unexpected endearing moment that will make your eyes well up with tears. There’s also a post credit scene that teases a possible third film. If a third film is indeed to happen, I’m hoping it’ll be a Spiderman: No Way Home/Jurassic World: Dominion vibe where legacy characters like Max (Omri Katz), Dani (Thora Birch), Allison (Vinessa Shaw), Ice (Larry Bagby) and Jay (Tobias Jelinek) show up.
Witches overall can be scary, charming, good, bad, and everything in between. Here are 10 projects featuring witches that can cast a spell on your Spooky Season celebration.
American Horror Story: Coven (2013)
Synopsis: “After discovering her unique bloodline, a young girl is whisked away to a special academy for girls who share the same lineage.”
Who’s in it: Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jamie Brewer.
Where to watch: Hulu, Prime Video
Synopsis: “Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches.”
Who’s in it: Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans, Jordan Donica, Poppy Drayton, Nick Hargrove, Ser’Darius Blain, Christin Park, Ellen Tamaki, Valerie Cruz, Bethany Brown, Lucy Barrett, Natalie Hall, Craig Parker, and Aleyse Shannon.
Where to watch: The CW
Chilling Tales of Sabrina (2018-2020)
Synopsis: “As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic.”
Who’s in it: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Richard Coyle, Miranda Otto, Lachlan Watson, Gavin Leatherwood, Abigail Cowen, and Tyler Cotton.
Where to watch: Netflix
The Craft (1996)
Synopsis: “A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.”
Who’s in it: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True, Skeet Ulrich, Christine Taylor, and Breckin Meyer.
Where to watch: Prime Video
Double, Double Toil and Trouble (1993)
Who’s in it: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Cloris Leachman, Eric McCormack, Wayne Robson, Phil Fondacaro, Kelli Fox, Meshach Taylor, and Matthew Walker.
Synopsis: “On Halloween night, two precocious little girls try to save their parents from their nasty old capitalist aunt’s greedy clutches. Magic abounds and they meet mysterious new friends along the way.”
Where to watch: Hulu
Synopsis: “When a young girl living with her secret witch mother learns she too is a witch, she must help her witch grandmother save Halloweentown from evil forces.”
Who’s in it: Debbie Reynolds, Kimberly J. Brown, Judith Hoag, Joey Zimmerman, Phillip Van Dyke, Emily Roeske, and Robin Thomas.
Where to watch: Disney+
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003)
Synopsis: “When a sixteen-year-old high school student finds out she’s a witch, her two aunts offer guidance on how to control her newly-discovered magical powers.”
Who’s in it: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay, Nate Richert, Jenna Leigh Green, Martin Mull, Soleil Moon Frye, Elisa Donovan, Lindsay Sloane, David Lascher, Trevor Lissauer, Alimi Ballard, Paul Feig, Michelle Beaudoin, Mary Gross, China Shavers, and Jon Huertas.
Where to watch: Hulu, Paramount+, Pluto TV
Teen Witch (1989)
Synopsis: “High school misfit Louise, at a loss for romance, discovers magical abilities, but the teenage witch finds that she cannot conjure herself true love, so what?”
Who’s in it: Robyn Lively, Dan Gauthier, Joshua John Miller, Caren Kaye, Dick Sargent, Mandy Ingber, Lisa Fuller, and Zelda Rubinstein.
Where to watch: Tubi, Freevee, Pluto TV
Synopsis: “Two teen witches who were separated at birth and were adopted by two different families meet on their 21st birthday and must use their powers to save the world in which they were born, where their birth mother still lives.”
Who’s in it: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Kristen Wilson, Patrick Fabian, Jennifer Robertson, Pat Kelly, Jessica Greco, Jackie Rosenbaum, Arnold Pinnock, and Karen Holness.
Where to watch: Disney+
The Witches (1990)
Synopsis: “A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.”
Who’s in it: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Bill Paterson, Rowan Atkinson, Brenda Blethyn, Charlie Potter, and Jane Horrocks.
Where to watch: HBO Max, Freeform
*Note: Where to watch the series/films are available on the platforms at the time of this post.
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