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The Craft

Published September 11, 2020

The Craft

Film info

  • Title The Craft
  • Director Andrew Fleming
  • Year 1996
  • Run time 1hr 41m
  • Genres Horror, Fantasy
  • Tagline Welcome to the witching hour

Sarah has always been different. So as the new girl at St. Benedict's Academy, she immediately falls in with the high school outsiders. But these girls won't settle for being powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft, and they are going to use it.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:25I do love magic stuff.
3:38Well, that’s a fixer-upper. Not good to walk in and be just as wet as outside.
5:03Too early for snakes, surely. I knew there were some in this but oof.
7:13She left her locker open… with or without the noose.
8:03Just translated that French class in realtime to Mr C. Impressed myself.
10:58The third one doesn’t have a defining characteristic to be gossiped about?
18:48Sounds a lot like the Force.
20:03“Nothing makes everything all better.” Has she tried wine?
24:45People are awful. That’s all.
28:53“We are the weirdos, mister.”
34:07Seems incongruous to be a witch at a convent school.
38:22You’ve got to watch Bewitched to do your homework.
45:30I don’t remember anything from here on in so it’s all a bonus.
46:19“What a dear sweet man.”
58:48Little cameo by a Baywatch lifeguard there. Adorbz.
1:06:29I like the full-on witch look, black dresses and jewellery and stuff.
1:16:39You can’t trust anyone though. Who’s to say the shop witch is a good one?
1:23:10Might have forgotten the extended snake sequence when I opted to watch this again.
1:33:28“Tricky, tricky, tricky.”

Thoughts

I’ve seen this a few times but not for a while and I could only remember the first hour or so. Turns out there was a good reason for that. The first hour is great - teenagers discovering their inner selves and getting some power and learning how to use it. You can see why Little Mix used this as inspiration for their Black Magic video.

Suddenly, though, the movie takes a sharp turn into the horror territory - hard to watch, and really quite disturbing. It lets the rest of it down.

Rating: 3 / 5

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