The Craft: Legacy

        review by Bobby Blakey

In 1996 The Craft hit theaters and was a sleeper hit and talks of a sequel that never happened and kind of seemed to just sink into cult classic status since. Now thanks to horror producing powerhouse Blumhouse the stand alone sequel is finally on its way with The Craft: Legacy starring Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. Could this next chapter live up to the legacy of the original or will it be a spell not worth casting?

The Craft: Legacy follows an eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. I was never a big fan of the original film but did revisit it prior to watching this one and have to say I did enjoy it more than I had remembered but still not anything overly great.

 

Diving into this one I figured it would be more of the same and I was not wrong. For those thinking that this is a remake you are quite mistaken as there are some elements that fully connect this to the original film making it a sequel. That being said it is very similar to the original in idea and some sequences while still being its own thing with new twists and turns.

 

I actually enjoyed the direction this film took a bit more than the original, but prefer the cast of the first film. That doesn’t mean these young actors don’t do a good job as they do bringing their own fresh take with these new characters. Fans of the original I think will be hit and miss with this but they made a point to inject some of the classic lines and some fun moments that will no doubt make them happy.

 

Both films sit firmly on the average scale for me with both being entertaining for what they are but neither really casting the spell on me they no doubt hoped for. If you love the original like I know a bunch of people that do, then give this one a shot and you might have a good time. Decide for yourself and check out the aptly titled The Craft: Legacy available now On Demand with Early Access rental and purchase from Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures.

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