Review of Hocus Pocus 2


Sarah Cathryne Coltrane, Treasurer

This weekend I decided to watch the new movie Hocus Pocus 2. Of course, I was extremely excited when I heard about the release of the movie but was also very concerned about whether the sequel would be any good. You see, although Hocus Pocus (1993) is one of my favorite movies to watch during spooky season, it does not have a necessarily groundbreaking plot and borders on being too cheesy. Still, I had very high expectations going into the sequel because the first one has been a crowd favorite for decades. I obviously went to the store before the movie to make sure I had lots of Halloween candy on hand to snack on, but, unfortunately, I was extremely underwhelmed by the movie. 

Since the first movie did not leave us on a cliffhanger (the Sanderson sisters were supposedly gone for good), the writers had little to work with when creating the plot for the second movie. Of course, the Sanderson Sisters’ performances throughout the movie are good, but I would not go as far as to say that they were as iconic as “I Put a Spell on You” from the first movie. 

When reading reviews on the movie, I quickly noticed I don’t seem to be the only one who was left unfulfilled after watching it, so if you are thinking about watching Hocus Pocus 2, I would suggest you opt for a different movie. While watching Hocus Pocus, I definitely felt as though it was produced purely due to the demand of fans of the first one and to make money because the first one became so popular. Sometimes movie sequels are better left unmade, and I think Hocus Pocus 2 is a prime example of this philosophy. This is obviously my own opinion, so if you watch it and love it, that’s wonderful! But if you are on the fence about whether or not you want to spend your time on this film or another, I would say to skip Hocus Pocus 2.