The Craft: Legacy is an American supernatural horror film and a sequel to the 1996 film The Craft. It was first released in the United States through video on demand by Sony Pictures Releasing on October 28, 2020.
The film is written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones and stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Michelle Monaghan, and David Duchovny. Jason Blum served as a producer under his Blumhouse Productions banner.
Premise[edit | edit source]
Official premise from Blumhouse:
- In Blumhouse’s continuation of the cult hit The Craft, an eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Three girls, Frankie, Tabby, and Lourdes try to freeze time with magic but fail to do so as they require a fourth member. Lily Schechner moves into the town with her therapist mother, Helen, to live with Helen's boyfriend Adam Harrison and his three sons. The girls befriend Lily and are amazed when she telekinetically smashes Timmy into the lockers, who was harassing her. When Lily responds to them using only her mind, the girls confirm her to be their fourth member and invites her to join their coven to which she agrees. As a result, they succeed in freezing time.
To seek revenge on Timmy, the girls cast a spell on his pillow. The next day, Timmy behaves sensitively and admits to everyone that he is bisexual. Timmy throws a party and apologizes Lily, eventually becoming friends with her and her friends. When Adam discovers about the incident in school, he scolds Lily but Helen defends her. When Timmy is at Lily's home for doing a project with Jacob, who happens to be Adam's middle child and Timmy's best friend, he admits to the girls that he had sex with Isaiah, Jacob's elder brother. Later, he kisses Lily.
The next morning, Timmy is heard to be found dead, with him allegedly committing suicide. Lily opens up to her friends about her kiss who cut their ties with her and bound themselves from magic. Lily suspects Adam to be dangerous and requests her mother to move out but she doesn't agree. In hopes to find anything against Adam, she searches his office only to find her own adoption papers while Helen admits to her that Lily is actually her patient's child. After Timmy's funeral, Lily finds out Helen to be agreeing to move out. She also admits that she knows about her powers and asks her to give in her powers to her. When Lily suspects her, Helen shapeshifts and turns out to be a masquerade by Adam, who, being part of a pagan cult, has been after her powers since the beginning and knocks her. Lily wakes up in a forest at night with Adam, who confesses that he murdered Timmy and threatens to kill her too. When Timmy contacts Lily's friends and tells them about his murder through an ouija board, they show up to save Lily by time freeze but Adam subdues them in no time. The girls then use their elemental powers and defeat Adam. Helen then takes Lily to meet her birth mother, who is revealed to be Nancy.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Cailee Spaeny as Lily
- Zoey Luna as Lourdes
- Gideon Adlon as Frankie
- Lovie Simone as Tabby
- David Duchovny as Adam Harrison
- Michelle Monaghan as Helen Schechner
- Nicholas Galitzine as Timmy Andrews
- Julian Grey as Abe Harrison
- Charles Vandervaart as Jacob Harrison
- Donald MacLean Jr. as Isaiah Harrison
- Fairuza Balk as Nancy Downs
- Hannah Gordon as Ashley
- Chris Tomasetti as Jeremy
- James Madge as Mr. Bly
Production[edit | edit source]
In March 2019, it was announced Zoe Lister-Jones would write and direct the film, with Jason Blum serving as a producer, under his Blumhouse Productions banner, with Andrew Fleming from the original film, serving as an executive producer, with Columbia Pictures distributing.
Casting[edit | edit source]
In June 2019, Cailee Spaeny joined the cast of the film. In September 2019, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Zoey Luna joined the cast of the film. In October 2019, Nicholas Galitzine, David Duchovny, Julian Grey, and Michelle Monaghan joined the cast of the film. In November 2019, Donald MacLean Jr. joined the cast of the film.
Filming[edit | edit source]
Principal photography began in October 2019. During filming in Toronto, director Zoe Lister-Jones explained in an on-set interview that The Craft sequel “... centers on young people, and young women specifically coming into their power in today’s current climate..." This interview also confirms the character names of the new Coven.
Music[edit | edit source]
The film's original music, composed by Heather Christian, was released digitally by Madison Gate Records on October 28, 2020.
Release[edit | edit source]
Critical response[edit | edit source]
According to the website Rotten Tomatoes, 48% of 63 critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 5.54/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Although director Zoe Lister-Jones has forged a new path for the weirdos of today, The Craft: Legacy's spells may only enchant fans of the original." Kate Erbland, writing for Indiewire, said the film is "an entertaining and insightful mashup of tropes, both respectful of what came before and willing to try new tricks".
Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 55 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
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References[edit | edit source]
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 26, 2019). Columbia Pictures & Blumhouse Officially Tap Zoe Lister-Jones To Direct & Write ‘The Craft’ Reboot. Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
- Galuppo, Mia (June 21, 2019). 'The Craft' Reboot Finds Lead With Cailee Spaeny (Exclusive). Retrieved on October 8, 2019.
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- D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 16, 2019). ‘The Craft’ Casts Spell Over David Duchovny As ‘X-Files’ Actor Joins Blumhouse-Sony Revamp. Retrieved on October 18, 2019.
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- D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 24, 2019). Michelle Monaghan Under The Spell Of Blumhouse-Sony’s ‘The Craft’. Retrieved on October 24, 2019.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 5, 2019). Donald MacLean Jr. Joins ‘The Craft’ Cult. Retrieved on November 5, 2019.
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- 'The Craft: Legacy' Soundtrack Details. Film Music Reporter (October 27, 2020). Retrieved on October 28, 2020.
- Chichizola, Corey (September 29, 2020). Blumhouse's The Craft: Legacy Trailer Reveals Connection To The Original. Retrieved on September 29, 2020.
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- Erbland, Kate (2020-10-28). ‘The Craft: Legacy’ Review: Cult ’90s Teen Witch Classic Gets a Clever Modern Sequel. Retrieved on October 29, 2020.
- The Craft: Legacy (2020) Reviews. CBS Interactive. Retrieved on October 29, 2020.