Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) Halloween Advent 2022

Rating PG
Length 1h43
Release 30.09.2022
Director Anne Fletcher
About Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.
Moon: Full moon all the way through the film
Where to Watch: Disney+


  • I’m going to say something controversial here. I didn’t like the young Sanderson Sisters in the opening. There was nothing about them other than the mimicking of the older counterparts. I’d have loved to have seen them have a little bit more freedom and a little more fun.
  • I adore Doug Jones, so it pains me to say it, but what the fuck was that accent?
  • There were a few references that the Sanderson Sisters used that just didn’t make sense. How on earth would Mary know cowabunga?


  • I was worried that the return of Doug Jones’ Billy would be a case of ‘less is more’. However I’m delighted to be wrong. His part was joyful, funny and perfect (other than the accent).
  • The story is its own. It isn’t about re-treading what made the original great but creating a story that those who grew up with the original can watch with their little ones.
    While there are Easter Eggs aplenty. They’re not overdone and they’re not just thrown in.
  • The Roombas! Yes, much like many, I was sceptical. Oh but I adored them. They almost took on a BB8 like quality to them, especially when discovering spilled popcorn when the Sisters arrive at the festival.
  • Hannah Waddingham steals the film for me. She’s delightful and gives in to the British Panto tradition with ease and is clearly having a ball while doing so. She made such an impact, I spent the rest of the film waiting for her to turn back up.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed it from start to finish. Don’t go in comparing it to the original; they’re not in competition. At any rate, they certainly compliment each other.
I’ve heard whisperings of a third outing. Given how this one ends, I’m worried the Mouse House is going to unpick a rather neat ending for a quick cash cow.

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