Any '90s kid worth their salt will have fond memories of the live action Disney flick Hocus Pocus -- in fact, you may have even watched the film over the weekend to get into the Halloween spirit. It was the Halloween film that had it all -- Bette Midler, a cute anthropomorphic cat, witches and enough age appropriate crush for all genders.
However, despite it being 22 years since those kids vanquished the Sanderson sisters, it appears as though such an experience bonds kids for life, and you'll be delighted to hear that three of the cast from Hocus Pocus reunited over the weekend and shared with us all in a wonderful Instagram post. Behold:
In case you don't recognize them, that's Omri Katz (Max Dennison), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), and Thora Birch (Dani Dennison) all grown up!
The reunion photo comes after Hocus Pocus director, Kenny Ortega shared this wonderful throwback on Instagram featuring himself with many of the original cast back in 1993, along with the very sweet caption:
Happy Halloween to my gorgeous #HocusPocus cast and forever friends (pictured) the exquisite Vinessa Shaw, Sean Murray, Omri Katz (the virgin who lit #theblackflamecandle and to the incomparable Thora Birch. I love you all...
Over the last year there have been slight whisperings that a Hocus Pocus 2 could be in the works, however nothing has ever been confirmed. But, rumors or not, that hasn't stopped some of the original cast members from commenting. Firstly, Bette Midler (Winnie Sanderson) joked that filming of any sequel was delayed due to Disney "having trouble finding a virgin."
With Kathy Najimy shooting back this reply.
Marc Shaiman, who Najimy refers to in her tweet, was the arranger and producer for Midler's Hocus Pocus hit "I Put a Spell on You."
Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Park (Sarah Sanderson) told Vulture that talk of a sequel was "just on the World Wide Web," and noted that the cast had "been exchanging funny, not-reality-based messages to one another." So sadly, a sequel seems like only a far off dream at the moment.
But even though we can't get the sequel all the Disney kids of the '90s would love, we can still check out what the kids of the original film are doing now, check it out:
Omri Katz (Max Dennison)
What's He Been Up To? After igniting a thousand fiery teenage crushes in Eerie Indiana and Hocus Pocus, Omri Katz was clearly feeling the burn. Apart from taking part in a couple of TV movies and short films, Katz's foray into Salem was his last outing in Hollywood.
The actor had been starring in commercials since he was just 3 years old, and he subsequently decided that a career in showbiz wasn't for him.
Katz now works as a hairdresser in Los Angeles.
Thora Birch (Dani Dennison)
What's She Been Up To? Her on-screen older bro might have dropped out of the limelight but Thora Birch has positively bathed in it. The sassy young actress has rolled out her considerable acting talents in an impressive filmology, including a Golden Globe nominated performance as Enid Coleslaw in Ghost World and playing Jane Burnham in American Beauty.
Despite appearing in over 20 feature-length movies, Birch felt like "no one was paying attention," and decided to "take a break and live my life, branch out a little." While on a break she sought production support for a screenplay that she wrote, and as of 2015 she decided to resume acting, and will appear in upcoming series Colony.
Vinessa Shaw (Allison)
What's She Been Up To? Vinessa Shaw has appeared in a significant handful of critically acclaimed movies including a small, but critical role as a HIV infected prostitute in Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.
Clearly, Disney comedy horror was not enough to satisfy Shaw's blood-lust because the actress also scooped a pivotal role in Wes Craven's 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
It's not all grim roles for Shaw though as she is probably best known for her role alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Joaquin Phoenix in 2008's Two Lovers.
Sean Murray (Thackery Binx)
What's He Been Up To? Although Murray's career didn't take off in the movie industry, he is probably the most recognizable face here thanks to his TV roles.
Murray has been playing special agent Timothy McGee in NCIS since 2003, but before he was in the force he was in the medical profession.
Eagle-eyed viewers can spot him in numerous guest appearances on the hospital drama ER in 1995!
Source: Huffington Post