There numerous movies about witches. In some, witches are understood, often good intentioned like Practical Magic and The Good Witch. In others, witches are creatures not to be messed with. They are dark and dangerous–things of nightmares like The Lords of Salem, Warlock, Drag me to Hell, Suspiria, and many more.
Somewhere in the middle of this is The Craft (1996) directed by Andrew Fleming. This film has both the development of evil witches [played by Fairuza Balk–her second witch film–(American History X 1998, The Waterboy 1998, The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996, The Worst Witch 1986), Neve Campbell (Scream 1996, Wild Things 1998), and Rachel True (Half Baked 1998, Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys 2014, Sharknado 2: The Second One 2014)] and the reveal of the not-completely-good-not-completely-evil witch [played by Robin Tunney (End of Days 1999, The Zodiac 2005, The Mentalist 2008)]. Of course it is this witch or Wican that audiences identity the most with.
Besides the incredible line up in this film, along with the actresses above we have Skeet Ulrich (Scream 1996, Jericho 2006), this film is a great teen horror flick from the 90s. There’s the typical out-of-towner moving to a new place and, while trying to find a place to fit in, falls into a bad/misunderstood crowd. This plot line has been seen in countless teen films like Lost Boys, The Covenant, and Disturbing Behavior. However, despite its repetition, I usually still enjoy them–especially the 90s features.
In The Craft, Sarah Bailey moves to new town where she meets three other girls who convince her to join their coven. Having the Earth, Fire, Water, Air elements covered, the girls begin working magic. At first it’s innocent games but soon it evolves into darker, cruel magic. Will Sarah become enraptured by the evil and the power or will she be able to escape?
All the actress are great in this film but especially Fairuza Balk shines. She is on my top actors list to hopefully one day meet at Texas Frightmare Weekend or another horror convention.
This is definitely a movie to add to your list if you haven’t watched it yet and if you have, to revisit it.