The Craft

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Sony/Columbia Released 1996

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Director:
Andrew Fleming
Released:
1996
Rating:
R

The Craft is a 1996 supernatural teen horror film directed by Andrew Fleming and released by Columbia Pictures. Teenager Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) has just moved to Los Angeles with her father and stepmother. At her new school Sarah is attracted to Chris (Skeet Ulrich) and becomes friends with a group of girls rumored to be witches, Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Nancy (Fairuza Balk) and Rochelle (Rachel True). Sarah shows supernatural powers from the onset of the film, and her new friends believe that she will complete their coven, making them all powerful. When Sarah is harassed by a homeless man, he is immediately hit by a car and the girls believe that together they willed it to happen. After a date with Sarah, Chris spreads a false rumor that they have had sex, and begins to treat her disrespectfully. In response, Sarah casts a love spell upon him, while Rochelle casts a revenge spell on a bully, Bonnie casts a spell for beauty and Nancy casts a spell for power. It very soon becomes clear that the spells have been successful. The girls have all the powers they dreamed of, but at what cost?

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  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    The young actresses are superb, and they make an appealing, believable group of friends.

  • 63

    Boston Globe Matthew Gilbert

    Carrie meets Clueless, with a few good campy moments, some attractive cinematography, and an entertainingly lurid performance by Fairuza Balk, whose mascara, lipstick and spikey do...

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Rick Groen

    The cast is proficient, with Balk especially adroit at giving her demonic gifts a gleeful twist. And director Andrew Fleming keeps the special effects on a low boil, effective yet ...

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Cult, Teen Terror, Supernatural