THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Hocus Pocus' 28 years later
- " Hocus Pocus " came out in 1993, and a sequel is now in the works for Disney Plus .
- Omri Katz, who played the movie's protagonist Max Dennison, quit acting and became a hairstylist.
- Sarah Jessica Parker went on to star in " Sex and the City " and is currently filming its reboot.
The film follows the Sanderson sisters, a trio of evil witches who are accidentally resurrected on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts, and the rag-tag group who tries to finish them off once and for all.
In the years since, " Hocus Pocus " has become a Halloween cult classic, so much so that Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker have all signed on for a sequel on Disney Plus , which will be released in fall 2022.
Here's what the original cast of " Hocus Pocus " is up to now.Bette Midler starred as the Sanderson sisters' ringleader, Winifred "Winnie" Sanderson.
Midler put her singing skills to use when her character performed a version of "I Put A Spell On You" with spooky lyrics such as "It's been 300 years, right down to the day / Now the witch is back and there's hell to pay."Midler is still riding high as an award-winning actress, singer, author, and comedian.
She has recently starred in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway (for which she won her second Tony), "The Politician" on Netflix, and the Gloria Steinem biopic "The Glorias."
She'll start filming for "Hocus Pocus 2" with her fellow stars this fall. They were all immediately onboard when they saw the plot, she said.
"They presented us with an outline, and after we picked ourselves up off the floor, because it's been 27 years, we looked at it and I think all of us agreed that it was pretty great," she told People in October 2020.Sarah Jessica Parker played Sarah Sanderson, who hypnotizes children with her enchanting voice.
Sarah Sanderson isn't the brightest of the bunch, but she manages to lure all of the children in Salem to their house by singing a hypnotizing song called "Come Little Children."Parker went on to star in "Sex and the City" and its subsequent film adaptations and founded her own production company in 2005.
Parker's role in the HBO show "Divorce" earned her a Golden Globe nomination .
She shared a teaser photo for the sequel on Instagram in May, writing: "Yep. I'm ready. To run. Amok, amok, amok, amok. [candle emoji] #HocusPocus2 arrives Fall 2022 on @disneyplus Sisters??? X, SJ."Kathy Najimy played Mary Sanderson, the Sanderson sister with a talent for sniffing out children.
She also shared a teaser photo for "Hocus Pocus 2" in May, writing: "The people have spoken: I smell children...again."Omri Katz played the protagonist of "Hocus Pocus," Max Dennison.
In the film, Dennison lights the cursed Black Flame Candle on Halloween night that brings the Sanderson sisters back from the dead.
Before the movie, he'd also appeared in shows including " Eerie, Indiana " and "Dallas."Katz retired from acting and works as a hairstylist in Los Angeles.
Even though he left Hollywood behind, he still made an appearance for a Freeform special in honor of the 25th anniversary of " Hocus Pocus " in 2018.
He's also kept in touch with some of his costars, celebrating Halloween with two of them in 2015.Thora Birch played Max's fearless younger sister, Dani.
Birch, a '90s child star, was 11 years old when " Hocus Pocus " came out.Birch has continued to act, most recently appearing in "The Walking Dead."
Allison's mother used to run the museum built in the Sanderson sisters' old cottage in Salem. She brings Max and Dani there, where Max lights the Black Flame Candle and resurrects the fearsome witches.Shaw has continued acting, appearing in movies including "Eyes Wide Shut," "40 Days and 40 Nights," and "The Hills Have Eyes."
"I haven't heard anything," she said. "I know, it's so disappointing. I would love to do the sequel. It would be so much fun. I think there's just a different storyline with younger people, but why can't we all come back in some way?"Stephanie Faracy played Max and Dani's mother, Jenny.
Jenny dresses up as Madonna for a Halloween party.Faracy also continues to act and recently appeared in the TV shows "Sneaky Pete," "How to Get Away with Murder," and "Devious Maids."
Faracy also starred in " Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates " alongside Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza.Doug Jones played the undead William "Billy" Butcherson, Winifred Sanderson's ex-boyfriend whom she resurrects to help retrieve her spell book.
In the end, Butcherson helps Max, Dani, and Allison defeat the Sanderson sisters and returns to his grave to sleep in peace. Jones used his training as a mime and contortionist to make the zombie-like character more humorous than horrifying .Jones still works in acting, often playing aliens or other non-human species with the help of makeup and special effects. Insider