“NOW IS THE TIME. This is the hour. Ours is the magic. Ours is the power.”
There is something quite nostalgic about re-watching The Craft and even more shocking that it’s 20 years old this year.
The film itself isn’t necessarily special but with Fairuza Balk crazing it up like only she can, Neve Campbell at the height of her charms (this being the same year that Scream was released)and Robin Tunney doing the whole millennial thing before it was even a thing.
All of this makes great chemistry on screen and the story of a group of girls who discover that they can use witchcraft to harness their opportunism becomes much more believable.
Of course all will turn sour and the deranged Nancy amps up he mania and turns on newcomer Sarah, exploiting her weaknesses and making her feel more of an outcast.
Ultimately it comes down to a battle of dark and light, good and evil.
The outcome may be predictable, but the journey is enjoyable enough.
It’s still worthy of a revisit and yes the CGI may have aged drastically but the performances still hold strong, coupled with a storyline that is both engaging and thrilling.
– Paul Farrell