Nary a cult classic is safe from either the reboot, remake, or sequel treatment these days, and The Craft is no exception. The 1996 high school horror flick about four troubled teens-turned-witches has been revived with The Craft: Legacy, now streaming on VOD. Can this new spin on a freaky old favorite bewitch us like its predecessor? Or is all the magic gone?
The good stuff can only last for a while, though, and soon, they group gets in a little over their heads. here’s something fishy going on with Mom’s intense boyfriend and his sons, a spell or two go a little wonky, and what seemed harmless at first is now literally life-or-death. Lily finds herself more isolated than ever, making her the perfect target for a sneaky villain who intends to take her power and destroy everything she and the coven have worked towards. Much like in the original The Craft, the group must once more come together to support one another or pay the ultimate price.
What Movies Will It Remind You Of?: Well, obviously, if you’re a fan of The Craft, you’ll probably be on board with the sequel (as well as other witchy ’90s flicks like Practical Magic), but it’s also in line with other teen supernatural and horror flicks like Happy Death Day, Jennifer’s Body, and even Buffy.
Performance Worth Watching: As school asshole-turned-woke dude Timmy, Nicholas Galitzine totally subverts expectations. I knew there was some change coming, but he takes what easily could have been an overplayed jock/bully role and manages to infuse it with sensitivity and authenticity. He’s totally revolting at the beginning, and then completely heartbreaking – his tears feel real, but so do his nasty jabs. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on.
Memorable Dialogue: Maybe it’s cheesy, but “your difference is your power” – Lily and her mother’s mantra – is the kind of thing that sticks with you. Simple but sweet when exchanged between the two of them, and important later.
Sex and Skin: A little bit of masturbation and passionate teen make-outs, but not much to write home about here.
It’s incredibly well-intentioned, but at a certain point, this cozy series of scenes of them being woke police at school and doing each other’s makeup feels a little silly. They don’t feel like real friends with real lives and real problems – which is in itself is a big problem. They may be magical, sure, but magic can’t solve run-of-the-mill interpersonal issues between teenage girls… and these girls never quite act like teenage girls with one another. Give us a little juicy fight! Some personal drama! A clashing of personalities as they all adjust to one another! Something! It might be more comfortable to keep your characters in such a sweet place, but it doesn’t make for compelling storytelling.
With a concept like this – and such beloved source material – there is so much potential, and it’s strange that it’s squandered in such lackluster places. We should be feeling the gut punches of certain losses and reveals and the highs of new discoveries and developments, but there’s something about it all that feels rushed and surface-level that never quite allows us to get there. Even the reveal of the villain is a snooze fest, because we never get the chance to see him do more than one super creepy act. The stakes don’t feel nearly as high as they should because they’re never given the chance to climb whatsoever. There are some parts that could have been genuinely scary! A few moments that might have elicited tears! The climactic battle could have really rocked our worlds! But it all feels over in a blink, and by the time the credits roll, you might wonder why we took this journey and fought this bad guy to begin with.
Our Call: STREAM IT… but know it could have been so much better. It’s totally watchable, but the script is mediocre, the “wokeness” feels contrived, and there isn’t enough dramatic conflict to turn the The Craft: Legacy into anything more than a pleasant series of scenes with some unearned bigger moments. Despite this, however, the movie is enjoyable. And we could use some enjoyable things these days.
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