Not too long ago, it was reported that Disney was interested in rebooting their witchy cult classicHocus Pocus without the original cast. While the news that the film would be coming back was great for fans, it was upsetting to know that the original cast would not be back. However, that has now been dispelled. At least somewhat.
There are new reports that say Disney is developing Hocus Pocus 2 for Disney+, their exclusively streaming service. Additionally, they are trying to bring back the original witch trio played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. More on the report below.
Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Starring Bette Midler, Thora Birch, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Stephanie Faracy
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Run Time: 96 minutes
Release Date: September 4, 2018
It is the 25th anniversary of this cult favorite and to celebrate, there is a spanking brand new Blu-ray for sale everywhere. Just for fans, you can watch the We Love Hocus Pocus Trivia and Treats Edition of Hocus Pocus, which plays the movie “with fun facts, trivia, concept art, storyboards, behind-the-scenes magic, and more!”
In 1993, Hocus Pocus was written off by critics as a silly Halloween-themed kids movie. While it grossed $39.5 million, it barely cracked the top 40 box office for the year, under such “classics” as The Beverly Hillbillies and Dennis the Menace. However, as often is the case with movies aimed at children, the kids grow up and with them come large pairs of nostalgia goggles that, in this case, have turned Disney’s witch comedy into a cult classic, especially for those now in their mid-30s. Capitalizing on this nostalgia and the fact that most of these 30-somethings have children of their own now, Disney released a new Anniversary Edition of the film on Blu-ray and digital right in time for its 25th birthday and Halloween season.
More below on Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Edition.
It may not look like it at first but Hocus Pocus is part of the Halloween cult classics. Though it may not necessarily be frightful or scary, its quirks and charms and family friendly scares make it an instant favorite. With such a following, one has to wonder why Disney has never bothered following it up with a sequel, especially now that sequels are huge. Well, Disney will be giving fans a brand new Hocus Pocus, just not the ones they are asking for.
Reports confirm that there will be a Hocus Pocus remake, however, it will be a TV movie and without the original cast. So how does a film without those ghoulish witches work? Well apparently, The Disney Channel has that figured out, and they’ve hired The Royals‘ Scarlett Lacey to pen the new screenplay with the film’s original movie producer David Kirschner being brought in to executive produce. More on the story below.
As Jack Skellington’s gang would be chanting, “this is Halloween!” The sensationally silly and spooky holiday nears, and what better way to celebrate this terrifying time of year than by finding ways to incorporate Disney into the mix?
Here are 13 Ways To Add Disney To Your Halloween, all sure to bring about that Oogie Boogie side of you.
On Saturday, October 19, ABC Family will kick off their annual 13 Nights Of Halloween program, with this year’s lead feature to be Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story Of TERROR! at 8/7c, followed by Monsters Inc..
The 13-night event will last through Halloween night, Thursday, October 31, and will mark the network’s debut of Men in Black, as well as include a brand new episode of Pretty Little Liars and the premiere of its spinoff series Ravenswood.
Programming will also include several Tim Burton movies, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Batman, Batman Returns, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, Hocus Pocus, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Teen Wolf, Twilight, The Goonies, and SO much more — including encore presentations of many of the aforementioned movies.
See the full schedule for ABC Family’s 13 Nights Of Halloween 2013 here below.