'Hocus Pocus 2' star Kathy Najimy talks pressure of sequel, writer teases 'third' movie

9/29/2022 7:10:00 PM

USA TODAY's @naledi_ushe spoke with stars of 'Hocus Pocus 2,' the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, at the film's premiere in New York City.

USA TODAY's naledi_ushe spoke with stars of 'Hocus Pocus 2,' the sequel to the 1993 cult classic, at the film's premiere in New York City.

The cast and crew of much the anticipated 'Hocus Pocus' sequel talk about recapturing the magic of the cult classic during the movie's premiere.

How to stay in the 'Hocus Pocus' cottage this Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts The"Hocus Pocus 2" star, known for her character's distinct growl and unintentional humor, remembers when the original came out in 1993 and how it wasn't as popular as it became over time.Kathy Najimy to bring the Sanderson sisters back to our screens once more., and their twin daughters Tabitha and Marion, 13.As the witchy franchise gears up to return to screens, original Hocus Pocus star Thora Birch reveals she's disappointed she couldn't reprise her role as Dani in Hocus Pocus 2.

"Was I surprised that this movie hit such a chord? Yes! Because when ('Hocus Pocus') came out in theaters, it did fine , " Najimy recalls, adding that it wasn't until it was shown on TV that generations began watching it as a family activity."Hocus Pocus" debuted fourth at the box office, with only $8,125 in sales."It just separates you from people," she continued.Overall, it grossed $39 million on a $28 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo.For his part, Broderick went dapper in a brown, tweed suit, while their daughters opted for a pair of gorgeous gowns -- one mimicking Parker's color palette, while the other dressed in black.Over time, Najimy jokes that the following of"Hocus Pocus" is immortal, sort of like the Sanderson sisters.They're a family away from your other family, and so, the hardest part is just feeling separate from people that you typically -- you're all over each other all day long, but if that was what was required for us to get together and make the movie, we were willing to do it."We can't kill it! It won't die!" she exclaims.Featuring the returns of Midler, Parker, Najimy, and Doug Jones as zombie Billy Butcherson, Hocus Pocus 2 centers on the resurrection of Winifred, Sarah, and Mary after a new group of high school students (Belissa Escobedo, Whitney Peak, and Lila Buckingham) lights the Black Flame Candle.

10 must-see movies coming out this fall, from 'Hocus Pocus 2' to Dwayne Johnson's 'Black Adam' Lilia Buckingham, who stars as high school teen Cassie in the sequel, is younger than the original film."The easy part is just being back among this group, and getting to tell another chapter in the story, and working with Anne [Fletcher] and the great musical department, and getting to sing again and flying -- flying, flying, flying, flying," Parker added.Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images.At 19 years old, she is proof of how the original film continued to be a Halloween staple."It was always 'Hocus Pocus,' 'Rocky Horror (Picture Show),' 'The Craft' and I would watch those every single Halloween," she recalls.Now, it’ll be up to these students to put a stop to the witches once again.The idea that people could be watching the Disney+ sequel 29 years from now is"impossible to comprehend," Buckingham says."It's kind of the coolest thing I think I'll ever do in my whole life."I'm on a Swiffer, and Kathy's on a Roomba, and Bette got the broom -- naturally.Read Birch's comment below: I was just a little dismayed I wasn’t able to make it.

… I just can't think about it." Her co-star Belissa Escobedo is also a newcomer to the franchise."That's Winnie not Bette.Escobedo, 24, says she resonated with the message of"sisterhood" and"loyalty" in the first film after watching the magic of the Sandersons."In this movie, you see that again," she says of the common thread between the films.The cast also includes Ted Lasso's Hannah Waddingham, Sam Richardson, Tony Hale, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen."You see the Sanderson sisters come back and you see a new side of their sisterhood.However, Midler recently stoked the fires of the possibility of Hocus Pocus 3.

I think it's really beautiful." 'The Curse of Bridge Hollow' to 'Pearl': Peep these 15 new horror movies to prep for Halloween "Hocus Pocus 2" answers many of the questions fans may have been wondering for 29 years: How did the Sanderson sisters become the witches they are today? What happened between Billie Butcherson (Doug Jones) and Winifred? What's the deal with book? And do the Sanderson sisters know about anti-aging beauty products? The series manages to play on nostalgia with flashback clips, but overall it pushes a journey forward for"Hocus Pocus" to continue.D'Angelo teases a few moments that didn't make the cut and says they might go"in the third one." So, will the Sanderson sisters continue to wreak havoc on Salem?"I'll do whatever.I have ideas so I'll happily write it tomorrow," she adds.Hocus Pocus 2 is ready to unleash a new spell when it debuts on Disney+ on September 30.


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