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The Craft: Legacy – Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

The Craft: Legacy is now available On Demand

In anticipation of The Craft: Legacy, I revisited The Craft…some 24 years later. From the cast and soundtrack to the fashion, there was no shortage of 90s nostalgia. There was also no shortage of magical special effects—I too attempted to balance a pencil on its sharpened tip.

The original still holds up

Although I was sad to discover that I had no witchy powers, I found the story line as powerful today as it was nearly a quarter-century ago. Throughout the film, main characters Sarah, Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle are plagued with real world issues including racism, physical insecurities, family violence, and unhealthy relationships. As they try to rid the issues they encounter through spells, séances, and sacrifices, ultimately, the crafters become afflicted and more harm than good is imposed on the coven.

Synopsis

An eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers.

I was curious to see what direction The Craft: Legacy would take since The Craft ended with no revival in sight. The Craft: Legacy had a more diverse and inclusive cast but that is the only acclaim it could receive. The first hour of the movie was a dozer. By the time the movie picked up, there was no chance for redemption. The Craft: Legacy had no direction, depth or purpose. There were zero thrills or chills. There were numerous holes and missing plot points. Even though David Duchovny made an appearance as a warlock, that couldn’t save the film.

Cameo Spoiler Alert
The most exciting scene of the movie was the very last few seconds, where we see present day actress, Fairuza Baik, revisit her role as Nancy.

Verdict

Overall, the movie might be suitable for a teenage audience as its PG-13 Rating prevents it from exploring the darkness of witchcraft as its predecessor did.  I give this movie 3 out of 10 stars. Any cult follower of The Craft would be sorely disappointed in The Craft: Legacy.

Rating: 3 out of 10.

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