31 Days of Horror Movies: The Craft delivers witchy frights

Fairuza Balk (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Fairuza Balk (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage) /

It’s October and that means that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It also means that being witchy is back in style. Granted, us cool kids are witchy the whole year long, but now we don’t get the side eye every time we walk out in a pointy hat. On top of it all, the 90’s are back and style and when you put the 90’s and witchy together, what do you get? That’s right children, you get one of the best movies of all time… The Craft.

Now, several years ago, I wrote an editorial about why The Craft is an amazing movie and all of those points still stand. Nowadays, movies and TV are filled to the brim with witches from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to Hocus Pocus 2 to A Discovery of Witches to a dozen more floating out there. Back in 1996, the only witches we had to look up to were Samantha Stevens and the Sanderson sisters. Yes, they are amazing but we needed something current and edgy and The Craft slid right in.

For those of you who have never seen The Craft, I want to say that I am disappointed in you. That aside, this film follows four teens as they discover the strength of their combined power and how that power can corrupt. Each has their own demons that they are fighting from literal scars to emotional ones, racism and abuse. The magic they employ helps at first, but begins to take on a mind of its own through greedy hands.

They tried for a sequel with The Craft: Legacy and, honestly, it wasn’t the worst sequel I’ve ever seen. It does include upgraded thoughts and morals for the 21st century and a familiar face but it doesn’t have the charm and the edge that the original has. Charmed came around in 1999 but didn’t appeal as much to the edgier goth genre that The Craft did. That film hit young witches right where they needed it: in the aesthetics.

The Craft
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Neve Campbell attends the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images) /

While there are more fantastical elements to the story, the magick is rooted in real witchcraft and deals with real world problems that teenagers have to endure. There’s a reason why the love for this film has continued to endorse and why I chose it as one of my 31 movies to watch in October.

There’s no excuse not to watch The Craft. So, pull on your chunky black boots, get that long floral maxi dress on with the slouchy cardigan, wrap those cross necklaces around that neck of yours and get witchy. There will be a quiz later.

Next. 31 days of horror movies: Midnight Mass. dark

What witchy films on on your Halloween watch list? Sound off in the comments section.