Lock up your children, Salem!
In a new trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 Unveiled at Disney’s D23 Expo on Friday, the Sanderson sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) are back and ready for their close-up as they search for young souls to devour.
The preview begins with a look at the threesome as teenagers, banished from Salem. In the woods, they meet a fabulous witch played by Ted LassoIt is Hannah Waddingham, who puts them on the path of black magic.
“They were right to fear you,” she told them, before handing them their trusty spellbook. “Magic has a way of uniting. Happy 16th birthday, child.”
Fast forward 370 years, as Gilbert (Sam Richardson), who now operates the museum and gift shop inside the Olde Salem Magic Shoppe, formerly the Sanderson’s home, offers the Black Flame candle – which has the power to bring back the witches – – to local teenager Becca (Whitney Peak) and her friend Izzy (Belissa Escobedo).
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“I have a gift for my favorite clients,” he tells them. “Legend says it’s the 16th birthday a witch gets her powers.”
All hell breaks loose as the witches return from the grave and their human skin-bound spellbook awakens. But to stay alive after sunrise, they must once again steal the souls of Salem’s children, including Becca and Izzy.
The trailer features several callbacks to the original 1993 film, including a familiar black cat, a circle of salt, and two flying Roombas, not to mention Parker’s unforgettable chant of the word “Amok!”
In the final moments of the trailer, Gilbert unearths another familiar face in the form of Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones), who scares him off before assuring him, “Stop, I’m a good zombie!”
The film is set “29 years after someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th century sisters, and they seek revenge.
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Now it’s up to three high school kids to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before the dawn of All Saints’ Day,” according to a plot summary by Disney.
Hocus Pocus 2 premieres September 30 on Disney+.