Disney+ has finally given confirmation that the long-awaited sequel to the iconic Halloween film Hocus Pocus is coming next year.
The original and beloved 1993 film – which stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters – has become staple watching for households across the globe once the spooky season rolls around, and now, the streaming service has confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2 will land on the platform some time next autumn.
If you haven’t seen the original film, Hocus Pocus followed the Winnie, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson’s attempts to gain eternal youth.
They would kill anyone in their way and suck the life out of their victims before they’re caught.
When the evil witchy trio are accidentally resurrected by a teenage boy, Max, on Halloween night, it’s left to Max, his crush Allison, and his little sister Dani to stop the Sanderson sisters in their tracks before they exact their revenge on the entire town of Salem.
And although it’s been 28 years since the film was first released, it’s remained as popular as ever. So popular, in fact, that rumours of a sequel have been circulating for well over a decade, but now it’s finally been confirmed by Disney+ that fans of the film revisit the iconic characters once again.
Hocus Pocus 2 will be a continuation of the story that started in the original movie.
As part of the big sequel announcement, fans also got a pretty in-depth cast list reveal, with Ted Lasso‘s Hannah Waddingham, and Veep‘s Tony Hale and Sam Richardson both joining the project.
They’ll join Bette, Sarah, and Kathy who are returning as the Sanderson sisters, as well as Doug Jones, who played Billy Butcherson.
Whitney Peak (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Lilia Buckingham (Zoe Valentine), Belissa Escobedo (The Baker and the Beauty), Juju Brener (Vanquish), Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf), Taylor Henderson (Earwig and the Witch) and Nina Kitchen complete the new line-up, although their characters are still being kept under wraps.
With no official release date for Hocus Pocus 2 confirmed by Disney+ as of yet, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for announcements.
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Horror film due to be released in the UK this week is so scary it’s triggered Apple Watch high heart rate alerts
A film that’s been labelled a ‘horror nightmare’ is set to make its big screen premiere in the UK this week.
The Outwaters has been disturbing audiences across the USA with its ‘found footage’ format, which follows four travellers as they encounter a menacing phenomena while camping in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert.
Cinema-goers have reported extreme reactions, like having to leave screenings to vomit and also smart watch heart rate monitors showing alerts.
One scary movie fan said it ‘more effectively scares me than anything I’ve ever seen’.
Another labelled it ‘Goddamn terrifying stuff’.
One person said: “I’m still processing #TheOutwaters. I am not sure if it worked for me. The sounding made me so uncomfortably dizzy that I had to leave the theatre to vomit. This never happened to me before. It’s more disturbing than scary if that makes any sense.”
Another said: “@TheOutwaters has solidified my opinion that I believe this to have one of the most horrific and traumatizing sequences i’ve ever experienced in a found footage horror film.”
One review reads: “the outwaters is possibly the most upsetting movie i’ve ever watched. and i mean that as a compliment.”
One more said: “The Outwaters may be my new favorite horror movie, highly recommend if you’re into weird f*cked up shit.”
Someone else posted: “Watched The Outwaters the other day and immediately fell in love – it’s the kind of mind-bending indie horror nightmare I’m constantly looking for, just unfiltered awesome creativity firing on all cylinders. Major props to everyone in front of and behind the camera, I loved it!”
And one person described it as a ‘surreal blood soaked mindf*ck through hell’.
Now, The Outwaters Twitter account has confirmed that the film will be streaming in UK cinemas from 7 April.
Screenings may be few and far between to start with, but horror fans, this looks to be one well worth seeking out.
Chris Pine is an American actor best known for his roles as Jamie T. Kirk in Star Trek, Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman and Lord Devereaux in The Princess Diaries 2.
Appearing on Capital FM’s breakfast show this morning with Roman Kemp, Sian Welby and Chris Stark, Pine reminisced on his days studying in Yorkshire.
Kemp kicked off the show with “It’s Capital Breakfast and this morning we are joined by probably the only Hollywood A-lister to attend Leeds university.”
“I don’t know, you’ll have to check the alumni book but I’m pretty sure that’s probably accurate” the actor admitted.
Pine explains that he studied in Leeds for one year as an exchange student, when he was just 19 years old.
Chris Stark quickly jumped in to ask Chris about the iconic Leeds student pub crawl, The Otley Run, and whether or not he’d done it as a young undergraduate.
“I don’t remember much of it but yes I have done it.”
“Do you remember what you wore?” Stark responds.
“No I don’t, I remember…nothing.”
He admits that although the crawl consists of 18 bars, he himself has never made it to each one.
He continues to explain that although he now lives in sunny California and has done for most of his life, he in fact lived in the UK for a total of four years between the ages of 29 and 40.
“There’s so much Hollywood work over here but I have yet to go back to Leeds.
“I have all these memories. I lived on Brudenell road and I can see the market across the street and I know the walk to school and the great old cinema on the corner of Brudenell and Hyde Park. I just have these images of school there.”
So next time you’re wondering down Brudenell Road or catching a flick at Hyde Park Picture House, just know that those hallowed halls were once home to Hollywood royalty.
And who knows, Pine might be hopping on a plane to Leeds Bradford airport after being reminded of such happier times – so make sure to keep an eye out.