Hocus Pocus 2 attempts Halloween nostalgia for a new generation

While the original was revered for its campy musical numbers and dialogue, the sequel takes a more modern approach.

From left to right, Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker reprise their roles as the Sanderson sisters in "Hocus Pocus 2."

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This Halloween season, a 1993 cult favorite got a sequel.

Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker reprised their classic roles as the Sanderson sisters in Disney+’s Hocus Pocus 2. The movie takes the audience back to Salem in present day as a new group of kids wander into the world of witchcraft.

While the original was revered for its campy musical numbers and dialogue, the sequel takes a more modern approach, employing an updated sense of humor that caters to the kids of today. It also introduces new characters, including Detroit’s own Sam Richardson.

Olivia McCormack reviewed the movie for the Washington Post. She joined CultureShift to talk about Hocus Pocus’ legacy and how its sequel attempts nostalgia for a new generation.

“I think it’s definitely bringing something for a younger audience, but also throwing back to things that the original Hocus Pocus fan base is going to really appreciate.” — Olivia McCormack, editorial aide for the Washington Post

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