The Craft (1996) Movie Review


The Craft (1996)

1996 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
101 minutes /

User Score: 75/100

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The Craft Review


A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

The Craft (1996) is an American drama supernatural horror film that had an estimated budget of $15 million and grossed over $55 million at the box office. Director Andrew Fleming (Dick (1999), Nancy Drew (2007), Hamlet 2 (2008)) excelled at executing a script that could have been stronger. The film was a well made entertaining watch with a blend of supernatural, thrills and darker than the average teenage movies. The actors gave exceptional performances with Fairuza Balk excelling above all, but the disjointed structure took away from their performances. The Craft had the potential of receiving a higher score than a seven but the script was not good enough, and the director could not pull it off without an excellent script. I am not sure what the team was thinking to add so many special effects towards the ending of the movie, but it did flow well with the whole movie. The movie was entertaining and is worth a watch for all movie fans.

The Craft revolves around troubled teenager Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney - The Mentalist (2008), Vertical Limit (2000), End of Days (1999)) who recently moved with her stepmother and father to Los Angeles from San Francisco. Sarah became friends with a few girls Nancy (American History X (1998), Almost Famous (2000), The Waterboy (1998)), Rochelle and Bonnie, who are believed to be witches. Nancy, Rochelle, and Bonnie (Party of Five (1994), Scream (1996), Wild Things (1998), The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998)) thinks that Sarah, who exhibits supernatural powers, will complete their coven making all of them powerful. The girls worship a powerful deity named Manon.

Sarah had a date with Chris (Skeet Ulrich - As Good as It Gets (1997), Scream (1996), Jericho (2006)) who is the school hunk but Chris did something to upset Sarah. Sarah found out that Chris spread a false rumor about her and him being sexually intimate and he disrespected her in front of his friends when she confronted him about it. Sarah and her friends decide to go on a spell-casting adventure. Sarah casts a love spell on Chris, and he becomes infatuated with her. Rochelle cast a revenge spell on Laura Lizzie (Christine Taylor - Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Zoolander (2001), The Wedding Singer (1998), Tropic Thunder (2008)) who is a racist bully resulting in Laura losing her hair. Bonnie casts a beauty spell for the scars on her back which healed them completely. Nancy’s spell was something that I did not expect. She cast a spell for power which results in her abusive stepfather dying from a heart attack, leaving behind an insurance policy.

Nancy wants more power and tries to persuade her friends to join her in a spell named, Invocation of the Spirit which they did but lightning struck Nancy causing her not to have empathy anymore and risk the lives of everyone around her. It did not take long for the friends to have negative consequences. What happened next was unforeseen.

About The Craft 1996

Title: The Craft
Year: 1996
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 8 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 8
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Neve Campbell, William Newman, John Kapelos, Esther Scott, Rachel True, Breckin Meyer, Tony Genaro, Cliff De Young, Helen Shaver, Jennifer Greenhut, Endre Hules, Holly Marie Combs, Skeet Ulrich, Darin Mangan, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Gloria Koehn Straube, Christine Taylor, Jeanine Jackson, Brenda Strong, Arthur Senzy, Mark Conlon, Tory Christopher, Christine Louise Berry, Glory Fioramonti, Erin Tavin, Christian Greenia, Rod Britt, Brogan Roche, Christine Louise Mills
Writers: Peter Filardi, Andrew Fleming
Director: Andrew Fleming

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