Almost 30 years after the release of the cult classic, Hocus Pocus 2 has arrived on Disney+. The new movie features much of the cast from the original, and that includes Doug Jones reprising his role as zombie Billy Butcherson.
Returning to the role was a bit different for Jones, as 29 years have passed between the films. “I’ll tell you what, Billy Butcherson, he’s very physical,” Jones said during a virtual news conference. “I was 32 when I played it the first time. I was 61 when I played it the second time, a big difference. My first scene in the movie was tripping up a ladder into a door. I’m like, [GASPS]I don’t remember being this exhausting before.”
When it came to recreating Billy’s look in the film, the makeup and costume were virtually identical to the first film. This came in handy for Jones, who admitted: “When I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘Oh my God. It’s been two minutes in the last 29 years.’ It came right back, voice and everything. I don’t know how that happened.” But it was something magical.”
Butcherson’s character first appeared in 1993’s Hocus Pocus. He was Winifred Sanderson’s ex-boyfriend; however, Butcherson was cheating on her with Sarah Sanderson. So, Winifred poisoned him and he died. 300 years later, in 1993, the revived Winnie resurrected Butcherson to aid them in her quest for immortality. He ended up dying again, but now he’s apparently resurrected once again.
Jones is known for his monster movie roles. He is best known for playing Abe Sapien Hellboy, the Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water, and the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, all films by Guillermo del Toro. However, Jones’ role in Hocus Pocus 2 is a bit more whimsical and a bit more comedic compared to the other creatures he has played. As Jones says when playing Butcherson, “I think he’s goofy and funny. And he matches the sisters’ energy, weakness, fun and over-the-top characters.”
Hocus Pocus 2 is now available on Disney+. It currently has a rating of 55 on GameSpot’s sister site. metacritical, with 15 positive reviews, 12 mixed reviews, and 2 negative reviews. Many who have seen the film find the plot to be a rehash of the first film, but overall, it’s a lot that fans know and love, and it’s kind of funny.
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