We Are the Weirdos Mister

The Craft may be about teen witches, but it’s really about finding where you belong. Sarah is an outcast who befriends fellow outcasts Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle. Sarah is a suicidal youth who’s just moved to Los Angeles. Each of her new friends harber problems of their own. Nancy lives in an abusive trailer park, Bonnie hides her burns, and Rochelle deals with racist bullies. Although they seem like just your average weird goth clique, they not so secretly mess with witchcraft.

The Craft has an ironic cult following that led to a lot of influence for horror adjacent teen movies & shows. Especially for something released in the 90’s. I’m not as familiar with Robin Tunney or Rachel True, but this was the movie Neve Campbell did right before earning further attention with Scream. Even Skeet Ulrich made his big break here. The biggest scene stealer however is Fairuza Balk. As a goth icon/psycho witch, Nancy invites Sarah to join their coven after recognizing her power.

The wannabe witches have no power, but they gain some when the four are together. Using it to make all their problems go away, even at the expense of their sanity. As a Christian, the incantations can get uncomfortably realistic, but they at least address the problem with messing with it. No wonder it was R rated with many on set incidents. The magic effects have a 90’s cheesiness that works with the dark edginess of the era. If you strip away all the magic, you may find an enchanting story of empowering female friendship. The Craft could never be recaptured anywhere other than the 90’s.

The Craft

Bonnie (left), Nancy (center), and Rochelle (right) intimidate Sarah

Followed by: The Craft: Legacy

10 thoughts on “We Are the Weirdos Mister

  1. I really, really enjoyed this film! The dynamic between the three girls was really cool, and as you say Fairuza Balk was definitely the scene stealer. Too bad you don’t really see Neve Campbell anymore these days. She was such a good actress.

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