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The Craft (1996)

A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

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A new girl moves to a new city with her family to start a new life. She meets up with the girls who are very interested in the occult and together, the four of them have a seemingly unstopable power. They can do anything, from getting thier dream guys to like them to... the possibilities are limitless. Written by Lisa Buckley <buckley@idirect.com>

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Rated R for some terror and violence, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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3 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$210,549 (USA) (26 July 1996)

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$24,881,000 (USA)
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Although the name of the Catholic high school is shown as St. Benedict's in the film, it was called St. Bernard's Academy in the film's trailer. This is a nod by writer Peter Filardi to Saint Bernard High School in his southeastern Connecticut home town. See more »

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The chest of drawers that hits Sarah in the final confrontation inexplicably disappears when Nancy is searching through the clothing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
NancyRochelleBonnie: Now is the time. This is the hour. Ours is the magic. Ours is the power. Now is the time. This is the hour. Ours is the magic. Ours is the power
[Repeat]
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Written Ric Ocasek
Produced by Ralph Sall
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Interesting and Entertaining Film
8 January 2005 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a very entertaining blend of supernatural thriller and teen movie. Sarah (played by Robin Tunney) is the new girl at a Catholic shool in Los Angeles where she meets a group of girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True) who dabble in witchcraft. When Sarah joins the group they discover that they have genuine power and start using it to sort out their personal problems, until the group's leader Nacy (Balk) starts taking it too far.

The film is well-made and several shades darker than the average teen movie. The cast are all very good, especially Fairuza Balk who easily steals the film with her part.

The film's portrayal of witchcraft is a bit more interesting than the standard Hollywood portrayal, and it certainly doesn't represent it as essentially "evil", which makes a nice change. However, as always, this is Hollywood so many liberties will have been taken with genuine wiccan practices.

The film is worth a look, however. The only thing that lets it down is the overblown climax.


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