[From IMDB:] 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.
If you don’t feel some degree of love for The Craft, well, I’m just not sure that we can be friends any more.
Making The Smith’s How Soon Is Now? cool again two years before Charmed had the chance, The Craft will forever be the quintessential Good Girl vs. Bad Witch movie of the late 90’s.
It’s also a movie I’m completely unable to view objectively, because whatever its flaws, I will heart it forever.
So, let’s just get a few things out of the way:
- The acting in this movie is not the necessarily consistently good
- There are some super corny moments
- The idea that the conflict in this movie largely revolves around a huge douchebag of a character (Skeet Ulrich’s Chris Hooker) is a bit painful, if you give it too much thought
What The Craft does have in its favour is a pretty tight script that delivers some zingers right when needed, and which are delivered by a cast of characters who may not always be able to bring the drama, but at least show off some pretty good comedic chops.
Of course, Fairuza Balk has to be given the most credit for this movie’s success. Robin Tunney might be the supposed lead of The Craft, but it’s Fairuza’s intensity in those moments where she really lets loose that makes this movie what it is.
And let’s not forget the special effects team, whose work even looks pretty good by today’s standards, for the most part.
So, sure, The Craft might be over the top and a bit corny at times. But it’s also a movie that I will re-watch a million times without ever getting sick of anything but how lame Sarah is.