The Craft Reviews
The Craft (1996) is like The Crow (1994) with witches. It's an absolute dark delight. The 90's grungy aesthetic, practical effects, beautiful cuts, goth girls, intimate close ups, dark themes, and innovative camera ideas fill the screen much to my pleasure.
Speaking of The Crow, The Craft utilizes the same composer, Graeme Revell, whose alternative rock work graces the sorrow and scares alike to great effect. His sad teenage sounds elevate the high school drama and bring you right into the 90's.
The highlight of The Craft is certainly the cast for the youthful coven of witches. The Craft features classic 1990's leading ladies. They carry every scene with a realism for the time. Fairuza Balk is the head witch Nancy with goth outfits and make-up to spare. Her portrayal of depression, anger, and insanity is just simply a joy to watch her act. Robin Tunney delivers her finest acting ever as the lead Sarah. Tunney is pretty, likable, depressed, and devious simultaneously. She nails Sarah. Neve Campbell plays the dejected Bonnie without confidence over her terrible burn scars. Lastly, Rachel True is excellent as Rochelle with her uncertainty and strength. They all kill their respective role.
In all, The Craft is now my favorite movie with witches. It's fun, funny, and horrifying all at the same time. You care about these girls as they struggle to cope with high school, bullies, poverty, trauma, depression, boys, and friendship. The Craft is equal parts coming of age drama and witch themed horror in all its 90's glory.