‘The Craft: Legacy’ tries to capture the ’90s witchy goth girl nostalgia

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There were a handful of films I watched a million times in my teen years: The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, Clueless, Die Hard and… The Craft. This is making me so nostalgic for the ‘90s!! Damn, it really was a fun decade for film. Anyway, the original version of The Craft is a truly a ‘90s classic. Goth kids unironically roamed the country, buying Cure CDs and eyeliner at the mall, and all-things-Wiccan really exploded in a big way in pop culture. The Craft tapped into those powerful demographics all at once: goth kids, wannabe witches, misunderstood teen girls and their offbeat wish-fulfillment Cinderella stories. The original film starred Robin Tunney (who, if I’m being honest, was sort of miscast), Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell (before Scream!) and Rachel True. It also had Skeet Ulrich, which I always forget until I’m doing my annual rewatch.

Is The Craft a “good” movie? Eh. It’s not actually! There are a million plotholes and nonsensical transitions, but it was hella fun and it’s still fun to rewatch. And now they’ve remade this CLASSIC. The new film is called The Craft: Legacy and it stars a bunch of kids I don’t know… plus Michelle Monaghan and… *drumroll* David Duchovny!! As some kind of step-dad, I guess. Did Duchovny need a paycheck or something? You can’t just cast Duchovny in The Craft and not make him a powerful warlock and/or a witch-assassin. Here’s the new trailer:

It looks… eh. I mean, I’ll watch it. Not in theaters or anything, but I’ll watch it. The first movie was, in part, about how female friendships can quickly become toxic. I wonder if that’s the same message here.


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Poster & photo courtesy of Blumhouse.

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    Fairuza was the BEST thing about that movie – i LOVE her. I watch and enjoy the movie whenever its on – there has been better movies for that genre but its still a fun movie to watch.

    • Megaladondon says:

      Ohhhh, do tell! I wish we could have a Halloween movie Favs thread!

    • dlc says:

      She was electric in that movie! I don’t think robin tunney was necessarily miscast, she was supposed to be the sort of bland girl next door. Fairzua was the real star of the movie.

  2. Oliphant says:

    Ah I miss my goth days! Also, whatever happened to neve Campbell? She should have been a huge star, love her

  3. MrsBanjo says:

    The Craft also talked about subjects that weren’t really being touched on back then, like racism, teen depression, suicide, and abuse. Even though it was clunky, I always appreciated that they even brought all of that up at all in a way that at least attempted to give an understanding of the girls’ motivations.

  4. Stacy Dresden says:

    A friend’s cousin wrote this movie and LGBT friends of mine seem excited about it. I think it’s great!

  5. bobafelty says:

    This would be a great tv or netflix series. High school drama plus magic. Kind of like how they did a pretty good job with the first season of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on netflix.

  6. Valerie says:

    I’m in my thirties and have fond memories of when the original, which I love, was new, and I’m okay with this. It’s clear from the trailer that there are a few plotholes (that picture of Nancy? LOL) and missteps (is the main character a Nancy-Sarah hybrid? How does that work?) but I’ll give it a chance.

    I will say this: a proper sequel with the original cast would have been even better. But I’ll take what I can get!

  7. dlc says:

    I am super excited to see this!

  8. HEMP says:

    And they kept the line “We are the weirdos, mister”!!!