One of my favorite films from the 90’s was easily The Craft. To me it was the perfect mixture of the oh so popular teen angst films being made during that era and a horror film. It just clicked on many levels when I saw it in the theater and after watching it again I can honestly say it holds up perfectly. This, to me is going to go down as a timeless horror film. Sure the lack of blood and gore may make some of the hardcore gore hounds think my statement is silly, but horror fans can’t deny this is a great film. It was a box office success when it came out and still maintains a rabid following today.
The Craft stars Robin Tunney as Sara. She’s the new girl in town who upon going to her new private school becomes friends with a group of girls that are essentially outcasts. Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True). Al of these girls has “Issues” so to speak. Nancy is basically white trash, Bonnie has burns throughout her body, and Rochelle is simply African-American in an all-white school. The other thing these girls have in common is that they are all practicing witchcraft. Sara, as luck would have it has practiced witchcraft (Its alluded that her mother was a witch) and the others welcome her into their group hoping she can complete there circle, thus enabling them to gain full power.
This does work for them. They start small casting simple glamor spells and floating during a game of light as a feather stiff as a board. Then after Sara has a horrible date with schoolmate Chris (Skeet Ulrich) and he proceeds to spread rumors that she is a slut the group decides to perform different spells using their collective power. Sara casts a love spell on Chris, Nancy casts a spell to gain wealth and power. Bonnie casts one to have her scars go away, and Rochelle casts a revenge spell on one of her main tormentors. The respective spells work but Nancy becomes almost insane with power. Here and the other girls turn on Sara and it sets the stage for a battle among the four.
Simply put this film is fantastic. For me it fires on all cylinders. The acting and chemistry between the girls is great. Fairuza Balk steals not only ever scene she is in, but she steals the film as well. She is one of the best villainesses of any horror film I have seen. In fact her and Robin Tunney won Best Fight at the MTV Movie Awards that year, and she herself was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is simply terrifying yet beautiful at the same time. The film merits a watch for her performance alone.
Scream Factory has finally given this film the special treatment it deservers with their new Blu-ray collectors release. The video and audio are amazing. The film looks and sounds better than it did over 20 years ago. They even loaded it with special features
· NEW Directing The Craft – An Interview With Co-writer And Director Andrew Fleming
· NEW Producing The Craft – An Interview With Producer Douglas Wick
· NEW Writing The Craft – An Interview With Co-writer Peter Filardi
· NEW Effecting The Craft – An Interview With Makeup Effects Supervisor Tony Gardner
· Audio Commentary With Director Andrew Fleming
· Vintage Featurette – Conjuring The Craft
· Vintage Featurette – The Making Of The Craft
· Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary
· Theatrical Trailer
The Craft has achieved a cult status over the years and rightfully so. It’s just as effective today as it was back then. It’s an amazing film to watch on every lever. If you liked it when it came out you will still love it to this day. If you have never seen it and you like horror you will enjoy it. And even if you’re not a horror fan, the film hits all the teen angst drama on point so it worth checking out for that as well. The Craft has been one of my all-time favorite films for years and that has not changed. Go ahead and pick this up right away.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars