Celebrate Halloween in July by lighting some scented candles and watching Hocus Pocus!
27 years ago today, Hocus Pocus was launched on the big screen to much praise and celebration. Fans everywhere are now happily commemorating its anniversary and even getting ready for Halloween. There's a lot to do with regards to planning and we can't tell you how much time we spend just thinking about all those fun musical numbers from the movie. To mark this fine occasion, people are tuning into Disney+ or booting up their old copies of the film for what looks like one fantastic evening in the making. Meanwhile, a sequel, directed by Adam Shankman is in development as a Disney+ exclusive film, with a screenplay written by Jen D'Angelo.
What's the best line from Hocus Pocus and why is it "Amok, amok, amok!" 🔮 Happy Anniversary, Hocus Pocus! pic.twitter.com/3yXuKNi3Zj— Oh My Disney (@OhMyDisney) July 16, 2020
The 1993 movie did not become a fan-favorite overnight. In fact, according to E! Online, when Hocus Pocus hit theaters it got bad reviews from critics (ugh, clearly they don't understand good cinema) and it only generated $39.5 million at the box office, which is low for a Disney flick. It also didn't do the film any favors that they released a Halloween-centric film in July. Hocus Pocus also began as a bedtime story that one of the co-writers of the film would tell his daughters each night before bed.
27 years ago today Hocus Pocus premiered and Bette Midler gave us this iconic moment— Dan (@kingdeficit) July 16, 2020
Disney is really going all out when it comes to rebooting their classics and coming up with sequels for Disney+. This has been spoken about by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy and the idea of a second Hocus Pocus movie has gotten fans really excited. "I think that is something that Bette, Kathy, and I are very hospitable to the idea and I think for a long time people had been talking about it as if people were moving forward with it in a real way but we were unaware of it," Parker explained. "I think now we have gotten to the point where we all have agreed publicly to the right people that 'Yes, that would be a very, very fun idea.' So we'll see what the future holds."
Fun fact: hocus pocus was released 27 years ago today!! Happy witchiversary! pic.twitter.com/CYSfhN2tUD— Jenny (Lover Fest West) (@swiftfanatic13) July 16, 2020
Meanwhile, you can celebrate the original cult-classics 27th anniversary by watching Hocus Pocus on 4K and digital this fall. According to Comicbook.com, " Hocus Pocus superfans should head straight for Best Buy's exclusive SteelBook edition of the film in 4K + Digital, which features some fantastic artwork designed by Matt Ferguson. This is the same artist that produced the artwork for Marvel's penultimate Infinity Saga 4K Blu-ray box set last year. You can pre-order the SteelBook exclusive here at Best Buy for $27.99. The standard Hocus Pocus Blu-ray can also be pre-ordered at Best Buy for $22.99. At the time of writing, a listing for the standard edition is up on Amazon but not active."
"Shipping on the Hocus Pocus 4K Blu-ray is slated for September 15th, so you'll have it in plenty of time for Halloween. Note that special features haven't been announced yet, but it probably won't differ much from previous releases. On that note, the 4K release follows 25th anniversary Blu-ray editions of Hocus Pocus that launched in 2018." the report added.