Craft came out in theaters early last year, I passed on it.
I figured it would be a clone of The Lost Boys, which seemed to be universally
loved by every horror fan except me. Not wanting to sit through something
similar, I just let it slide out of the theaters without a second look.
But, this weekend, The Craft appeared on cable and I managed to force
myself to watch it. And, while I may have been wrong about it being as
bad as The Lost Boys, it still wasn't much better.
Starring: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, and
Sarah (Robin Tunney), who recently failed at a suicide attempt, has moved
to California with her father and stepmother. She has trouble fitting
in at her new school, but is taken in by a group of three young, unpopular
girls who claim to be witches.
Each of these girls has a problem
that they want to solve via witchcraft. To complete their "circle," they
must find a fourth witch. Sarah, who is naturally gifted with psychic
powers, is to be that witch. And
for the first half of the movie, the girls combat their oppressors by
using witchcraft and spells. But as they keep using their powers, they
begin to notice that their spells are taking on lives of their own and
cannot seem to be controlled any longer.
Sarah decides that she no longer
wants to participate in the coven, but Nancy (Fairuza Balk), the "leader" of
the girls, turns the other girls against Sarah to force her to either
rejoin the circle or to kill
herself. Which, of course, leads to the inevitable showdown between Sarah
The movie itself isn't that bad. It's just not very interesting. Possessing
supernatural powers, the most exciting things these girls do is change
their hair color and wreak havoc on people in school. If I possessed powers
like theirs, I would come up with some much more imaginative uses for
The four lead actresses are all very convincing in their roles. Robin
Tunney's Sarah and Fairuza Balk's Nancy are quite interesting. Neve Campbell's
Bonnie and Rachel True's Rochelle are also good, but get the short end
A lot of what happens in The
Craft doesn't make a whole lot of sense
and many of the non-essential characters seem to have walked in from a
1980's John Hughes movie, which makes the movie somewhat unintentionally
humorous in places.
Not a horrible movie at all, but it lacks that special something to make
us care about what happens to any of the witches or their fellow students.
The special effects may be interesting, but too often they overshadow
the characters and seem to be there for the sake of being there.
Maybe I'll give The
Lost Boys another shot.
movie features over 3000 snakes including pythons, boas, water snakes,
garter snakes, rat snakes, and a 10 foot Amazon constrictor - even rare
albino snakes. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)