The Craft: Legacy creator Zoe Lister-Jones: there were ghosts on set & everyone felt it

Before seeing this interview I didn’t know who Zoe Lister-Jones was but now I’m definitely a fan. She wrote and directed the Craft reboot, The Craft: Legacy, which is out today on demand. It’s a $20 rental or you can buy both the original and the reboot for $29.99 on Vudu. I have a lot more hope for it after seeing her, because she’s funny, dramatic and highly watchable. She just might have done this classic from my college years justice, but we’ll see. Zoe was on The Tonight Show and she had the best entrance I’ve seen from a celebrity on Zoom. She played Mr. Jones by Counting Crows (she must have had permission, those sound clips can be expensive) and sauntered out in her little red carpet dress into her perfectly decorated midcentury modern living room. I’m jealous! I keep thinking I need to up my Zoom background for the non-existent media interviews I’m doing.

Anyway Zoe told some scary ass stories about working on the film. She claimed everyone felt this weird presence on set. When filming wrapped she asked the homeowner about the history of the house they rented and she learned some stuff. I got goosebumps!

On The Craft: Legacy
It’s a similar premise. Four teenage witches unite and start stepping into their newfound powers and get into a little bit of trouble.

On the mansion that they shot in
We shot in this beautiful old mansion. It was the set that David Duchovny’s character lives in. When I went to scope it out with my cinematographer she looked real shook. She was like ‘when you walked in did you feel like a heavy energy?’

A couple of weeks later we started shooting in this old mansion and things just immediately started going awry. A number of crew members started complaining of like a weight, feeling a pressure on their chests.

The lead actress in the film, Cailee Spaeny, left her dressing room [with] her phone in there which she locked. She went back to her dressing room and she opened her phone up and there was a photo waiting for her on her phone. It’s what you think of when you think of a ghost. [photo at 3:26]

We had three practicing witches who were consultants on the phone. Our Canadian witch showed up and put salt around the perimeter of the house and she had a little sit down with the ghosts inside [and asked them] to take it down. It did help and the ghosts did calm down for the rest of the shoot.

The history of the house
On the last day of shooting the owner of the house showed up. [She asked him] ‘So what’s the history of this spot?’

‘Oh this was a hospice. Over 300 people died inside.’ Jimmy, we were in like a ghost rave.

[From The Tonight Show on YouTube]

I watched this twice so I could transcribe it and both times I got goosebumps when she revealed the history of the house! That’s super scary. Assuming she’s heavily embellishing this or that there’s a more logical explanation like mold (see: Haunting of Hill House), she’s still an excellent storyteller which gives me hope for this film. I might even shell out $20 for it, because you know I would be driving to see it and buying popcorn (I always snuck in my own water in my purse). This story definitely sold me on it. Plus I love how extra she was for this interview.

Here’s that interview!

Here’s the trailer which Kaiser covered last month. It does look good!

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  1. Atti says:

    I’m surprised this is the first time I have seen a celeb walk into their own zoom interview like that. That was great.

  2. Stacy Dresden says:

    Zoe is my friend’s cousin and she is not a liar! Fun stuff!

  3. JKD says:

    She is a fantastic comedic actress too! Her movie Band Aid is so underrated, and she was a reoccurring character on New Girl.

  4. Amanda says:

    Life in Pieces has been my COVID comfort watch, and she plays my favorite character on that show, She is hilarious! Will have to check out her movies, I had no idea she was so multi-talented!

  5. JP says:

    She was my favorite character in Life in Pieces, and that’s saying something because that show was full of great actors!

  6. lucy2 says:

    I like her intro!
    I know a lot of people were angry about a Craft reboot, but hopefully it does well enough for her. Always good to see young women directing.

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  8. BeeCee says:

    Oh I’m definitely renting this Halloween night!
    She seems so fun! I’m officially a new fan of hers!

  9. Sunnydaze says:

    Her character in Life in Pieces is EVERYTHING!!! God I miss that show …off to binge it now!

  10. Jennifer D says:

    There was a show on Comedy Central called “Delocated” in 2008 and she played Kim; she opened a store called Kim’s Krafts and my husband and I still reference it, she was wonderful in that show.

  11. paranormalgirl says:

    I just love her.

  12. The Recluse says:

    You should check out The Dead Files on the Travel Channel sometime. Places can be so weird and so messed up.

  13. KinChicago says:

    I remember her on Whitney- she is so talented, cute and funny

  14. KinChicago says:

    I remember her on Whitney- she is so talented, cute and funny

  15. Natasha says:

    I hate when they remake old movies and tv shows. This one looks like it’s made for middle schoolers.