Movie Review: The Craft: Legacy

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Boy, am I happy I waited for The Craft: Legacy to be reduced in price on Amazon.

I had such high hopes for this “sequel” of the 1996 cult classic, The Craft. The trailer proved promising with a diverse cast, vibrant cinematography and a sense of female empowerment. Sadly, I was very disappointed.

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Spoilers Ahead!

The definition of sequel is as follows: a published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one. To me, this was more of a remake in that it had the same general narrative; Lily (Cailee Spaeny), who feels she doesn’t quite belong, moves to a new town and in turn a new high school and is befriended by three witches, looking for a fourth to expand and strengthen their powers. They, of course, abuse their power and face dire consequences. Both films share this plot line, but the 90s version does it with that gritty, raw cult vibe that the new adaptation just could not quite muster.

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While the film had promise to show a diverse group of women come together and empower one another against society, racism, bullying, and misogyny, as that of its predecessor, Legacy shows the witches face the metaphorical sense of evil – a demon (David Duchovny), who we learn knows all about Lily’s powers and is keen on taking them from her. This was the point in the plot that faltered severely from the original and made it so disappointing. Whereas the original chose to take a more literal sense, the sequel became corny and rushed. The plot holes were massive, with no explanation as to why or how Duchovny’s character knew about Lily’s powers and why he wanted to possess them if he was already some type of demon with powers himself.

What was most disappointing for me, however, was the less than 30 second cameo of Fairuza Balk whose character turns out to be Lily’s biological mother. Balk was the badass, wild character of the original film and reducing her to a 30 second cameo felt insulting. Not to mention, they fail to explain what happened to Balk between the original and sequel or  how she fell pregnant and why she gave up her daughter.
All in all, I appreciate that the film set out to pay homage to the original, but for me, I’ll stick to my 90s cult classics from now on!
The Craft: Legacy can be streamed on Amazon and YouTube

Link to my previous article below

The Craft: Legacy