You don’t have to be a witch to watch The Craft: Legacy – the sequel to the hit 1996 high-school horror, The Craft.
Whether you're a signed-up devotee to the 90s cult classic or not, this is a wicked welcome to the coven.
Slick teen drama with a slice of sinister sisterhood, this YA shout-out to solidarity is an irresistible 'trick and treat' from the Blumhouse Productions stable, which ticks every imaginable box for Halloween.
Here’s your insider guide to the hubble, bubble, toil and trouble…
1. The Craft ruled first time around – now it’s reborn
Witches got the mother of all makeovers with The Craft (1996). Out went the cauldrons and crooked noses. In came four high-school outcasts who looked like your favourite goth band, and seemed more likely to jack a Harley than ride a broomstick.
Led by Scream (1996) queen Neve Campbell, this ice-cool coven doled out justice on the resident jocks and princesses. Now, horror supremos Blumhouse Productions have reanimated this twisted tale with The Craft: Legacy.
“It’s about both the light and the dark,” director Zoe Lister-Jones told Vanity Fair, “and that is the beauty of witchcraft.”
2. The Craft: Legacy is not exactly a Craft remake
You’ll feel echoes of director Andrew Fleming’s original film – not least in the iconic line, “We are the weirdos, mister”. But The Craft: Legacy is more of a sequel than a remake. Returning to the first movie’s ‘new kid in town’ theme, here we meet Lily (Cailee Spaeny), a fish out of water reluctantly following her mother Eunice (Michelle Monaghan) to a new life with stepdad (David Duchovny). The school bullies soon smell fresh meat, but Lily is taken under the wing of Frankie (Gideon Adlon), Tabby (Lovie Simone) and Lourdes (Zoey Luna).
What nice girls? Well, sort of. Initiating Lily as their ‘fourth’, the coven welcomes her in with selfies, candle-strewn bubble baths and levitation sessions – but the new girl is soon drawn too deep into the dark side. “This film,” says Lister-Jones, “is about what it means to be an outsider and a young woman in today’s landscape.”
3. Blumhouse Productions are seasoned scaremongers
Two decades since its formation, just the mention of Jason Blum’s California-based Blumhouse Production is enough to make us sleep with the lights on. Blumhouse films include Paranormal Activity (2014), The Purge (2013), The Visit (2015), Get Out (2017), Happy Death Day (2017), Halloween (2018) and this year’s The Invisible Man, so the producer has better scarer credentials from Sulley from Monsters Inc.
In short, rest assured that the Craft sequel will be a far creepier prospect than your average teen drama. Brace yourself for ouija boards, snakes, telekinesis and the coven’s bitter breakdown. Even Duchovny looks creeped out… and he made it through 11 series of The X-Files!
4. The Craft: Legacy’s young cast are dynamite
Twelve years after he hung up his FBI badge as Fox Mulder, it’s great to see Duchovny back in the supernatural realm. But the real stars of this Craft sequel are the coven themselves.
Finding a young cast who walk the cool/creepy tightrope must have been a challenge – but Lister-Jones has nailed it with a quartet whose movie credentials include everything from Blockers to Pacific Rim. As Lily, Spaeny captures the wrench of a good teen going bad, and with the foursome wreaking bloody vengeance on the school’s alphas, you won’t know whether to cheer them on or tell the principal.
“It’s a terrific group of young actresses,” Michelle Monaghan told Collider. “It was a really female production.”
5. You might see the return of some old ‘friends’…
We don’t want to blow any secrets before The Craft: Legacy release date of 30 October, but eagle-eyed fans might have noticed the Craft sequel’s links with the first movie.
Hit pause on The Craft: Legacy trailer at 01:59, as Lily examines the witchcraft handbook that gives the saga its name, and you’ll spot an old Polaroid photo of Nancy Downs: the terrifying villain from the first movie, played by Fairuza Balk, and last seen being strapped to a bed in an asylum.
Could the two worlds be about to collide in this eerily inventive instalment – and can anyone stop cinema’s angriest teenage witch?
ODEON meets the cast of The Craft: Legacy
We were thrilled to sit down exclusively with the director and cast of The Craft: Legacy, the latest film to emerge from the ever-brilliant and chillingly succesful Blumhouse Productions.
Just in time for Halloween, we spoke to director, Zoe Lister-Jones, and cast members Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan, and David Duchovny.
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