The Craft

Confession: I had never seen this movie before tonight. Sean thinks this is shocking, like I had somehow missed out on some pivotal 90s moment and I’m not a fully formed human adult because of it. I think it’s more shocking that he DID see it, considering that in 1996, he was not a teenage girl.

The Craft in question is witchcraft. Like many young girls before them, social outcasts Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True) are tempted by the dark arts. It’s a phase that attracts many teenage girls; witchcraft offers a sense of control over your own life that a lot of girls are seeking, a feeling of empowerment and self-actualization that is often denied them. Nancy is oppressed by a cruel step father, Bonnie is covered in scars, and Rochelle is bullied by a swim team-mate. They all wish things could be different, but nothing changes until their coven finds the all-important fourth, new girl Sarah (Robin Tunney), who completes their circle and actually summons some power.

Being teenage girls, they exact revenge on those who have wronged them, but that first taste of power goes to their pointy-hatted heads and things get out of hand.

I always imagined that this was a scary movie and it’s really not, which I should have guessed because my imagination is nearly always much worse than reality (last week I had a dream that I was being chased by a serial killer and it wasn’t a nightmare – what is wrong with me???). But I don’t regret missing out because I really wasn’t. Turns out, this is kind of a crappy movie. I did not need it in my life and chances are you don’t need it in yours. If you’ve seen it – heck, even if you loved it – that’s cool, I get it. Sometimes a movie is just exactly what we needed at that time. It’s not likely to win over any new fans, but that’s okay because *dramatic drumming of the cauldron, please*: there’s a sequel!

Yes, it’s 24 years later, but that’s what we do now. We drop in on movie characters a generation later just to see what’s shaking. We recently got reacquainted with Bill and Ted 29 years after their Bogus Journey. Heck, we recently revisited Mary Poppins 54 years after we first made her acquaintance. Except this time we’re not catching up with old friends so much as making new ones. The Craft: Legacy takes place 20 years after the first one, with all new teenage girls forming a coven, one or some of whom are tangentially related (via photograph anyway) to Nancy (Balk) of the first film. It’s a loose sequel, let’s say, but you don’t have long to wait: you can stream it October 28th.

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13 thoughts on “The Craft

  1. raistlin0903

    Well…shock of all shock: I was not a teenage girl back in 96, and I quite liked this movie back then. Don’t know what that says about me though….πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. Invisibly Me

    I’d agree, I think Sean having seen this is more scandalous than you having not seen it. I like Neve Campbell so I probably have seen this years ago but I can’t remember a thing about it.

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  3. Gemma

    Totally 90s basic teen girl here saw it and remember enjoying it. I’m not surprised it’s coming back around with a “legacy” I feel like I’ve been reading more and more girls in covens in books the last couple of years so it seems like its in again πŸ™‚

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  4. Liz A.

    I was in my 20s when this came out, yet I still saw it (on TV–I did not head to a theater for this). It was okay. It hit the usual beats of such a trope.

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  5. ninvoid99

    I saw this film in my teens and it hasn’t aged well for me. Then again, a lot of teen movies from the 1990s haven’t aged well for me as I’ve gotten older and realize “these kids are fucking morons”.

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