It has been 22 long, lonely years since the lighting of the Black Flame Candle brought the witchy Sanderson sisters of 1693 Salem back to life in 1993’s Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and the inimitable Kathy Najimy, all of whom made memorably bold choices when it came to makeup, hairstyles, and fashion. In the ensuing two decades and change, their Disney-bankrolled movie has gone from critically-snubbed commercial disappointment to cultishly-beloved Halloween staple. It is fair to say that the Sandersons have become icons to a generation of kids who grew up watching them each year. The time for a revival is clearly now. Sure, Winifred, Mary, and Sarah were already transported to modern times in the first film, but a sequel could transport them to slightly more modern times. After all, there weren’t even smartphones or working hoverboards in 1993. Think of the possibilities!
One person who has thought about those possibilities is popular YouTuber and MTV personality Todrick Hall, who has graced us with a mock trailer for his own, home-brewed follow-up, Hocus Broke-us. As the pessimistic title indicates, the Sandersons have come down in the world since their first cinematic outing. The trailer’s announcer is not subtle about the matter: “Halloween has never been so ratchet.” The poor ladies, now renamed Kelly, Michelle, and Seyoncé, the latter played by Hall himself, haven’t even been keeping up with their power bills, robbing them of their supernatural mojo at the worst time. Even Binx, the immortal cat from the first film, is looking a little worse for wear these days, proving that in some cases, black does occasionally crack. But the Sandersons are generally in high spirits, and their sequel allows them to make references to Straight Outta Compton and Fetty Wap as well as do an updated version of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You.” Ball’s in your court, Disney.