The Craft (film)

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The Craft
The craft movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Fleming
Produced by Ginny Nugent
Lisa Tornell
Douglas Wick
Written by Andrew Fleming
Peter Filardi
Starring Robin Tunney
Fairuza Balk
Neve Campbell
Rachel True
Music by Graeme Revell
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • May 3, 1996 (1996-05-03)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15,000,000[1]
Box office $55,669,466[1]

The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and use sorcery for their own gain. The film was released on May 3, 1996, by Columbia Pictures.


Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney), a melancholy teenager with a grim past, moves to Los Angeles from San Francisco with her father and stepmother. At her new school, St. Benedict’s Academy, she befriends a group of outcasts rumored by their peers to be witches--Nancy (Fairuza Balk), Bonnie (Neve Campbell), and Rochelle (Rachel True). Each of the girls suffers from a formidable problem of her own: Nancy lives in a rundown trailer park with her mother and abusive stepfather, Bonnie suffers from low self-esteem due to the severe burn scars that cover her body, and Rochelle--being the only African-American person at her school--is targeted by a racist and popular bully Laura Lizzie (Christine Taylor). Sarah also meets and becomes attracted to the popular football captain Chris Hooker (Skeet Ulrich) who is a womanizer.

Bonnie's attention is called to Sarah in their French class, when she witnesses Sarah telekinetically rotating a pencil on her desk. It is later revealed that Sarah has attempted suicide in the past because of the difficulty of being an only child and also in controlling her powers. Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle decide that Sarah will complete their coven as the fourth member; therefore enhancing all of their powers.

After school that day, the three girls find Sarah watching Chris' football practice from beside the field, and introduce themselves. Nancy warns her against sexual involvement with Chris: “He spreads disease. I speak from personal experience.” They take a trip to the local occult shop owned by Lirio, a woman who seems to have psychic abilities and is well-versed in the practice of magic and witchcraft. Lirio informs Sarah that, unlike her friends, she is a “natural witch,” whose power comes from a more innocent place within her. She later warns the girls that anything they put out into the world will return to them three-fold.

Later that night, on the street, Sarah is harassed for the second time by a snake-bearing vagrant, who is quickly struck by a car when Sarah subconsciously uses her powers to stop him from stalking her. The other three girls excitedly exclaim that their collective powers were responsible for this event. The girls tell Sarah that they worship a powerful deity named Manon, a being said to be more powerful than God. They explain to her the potential of their new-found powers, Sarah is afraid of the idea and abandons them temporarily and secretly goes on a date with Chris.

The next day, Sarah is upset to find that Chris has spread a false rumor that the two had sex, seemingly in retaliation for her polite rejection of his proposition at the end of their date. In order to comfort Sarah, the three girls take her to a remote area in the forest to perform a ritual involving several spells: Sarah casts a love spell on Chris, Rochelle casts a revenge spell on Laura, Bonnie casts a spell for beauty, and Nancy for “all the power of Manon.” It soon becomes clear that the spells were successful--Chris becomes infatuated with Sarah, the scars on Bonnie’s body miraculously heal, and Rochelle's bully begins to lose all her hair. Nancy goes further by causing her stepfather to have a fatal heart attack as he violently assaults her mother. Nancy and her mother then learn they will receive $175,000 from his insurance, and they move into a posh, high-rise apartment. During a get-together at Nancy’s new home, the girls learn and perform glamour magic.

Nancy, desirous of still more power, encourages the others to join her in a rite called "Invoking the Spirit," in which she asks Manon to further increase her magical ability. At the climax of the ritual, she is struck by lightning. Afterwards, her risk-taking behavior begins to increase as her empathy recedes. The other girls begin to discover the negative consequences of their respective spells: Bonnie becomes conceited and narcissistic, Rochelle feels remorse and guilt when she finds Laura traumatized and sobbing over her baldness, and Chris attempts to rape Sarah.

Nancy retaliates against Chris by casting a glamour spell to disguise herself as Sarah in order to seduce him at a party, but they are quickly interrupted by Sarah, and Nancy, in a fit of rage and vengeance, uses her power to kill Chris by throwing him out of a second story window. Horrified and saddened over his death, Sarah performs a binding spell to prevent Nancy from doing more harm, but due to her extreme power Nancy is able to block out the spell and the coven turns on Sarah.

With no one else to turn to, Sarah goes to Lirio's shop, and Lirio tells Sarah that she had inherited her powers from her deceased mother who was also a witch, and she encourages Sarah to invoke the Spirit herself. Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle create the illusion of an explosion overtaking the shop, and Sarah runs to her home in panic. The girls, waiting for her there, torment her with visions of rats, insects, and snakes filling the house. They try to persuade her to commit suicide, and Nancy slashes her wrists. Sarah eventually casts a spell to scare off Bonnie and Rochelle, and with encouragement from the spirit of her mother, Sarah invokes Manon and is able to heal and defend herself. She successfully casts a binding spell on Nancy, which causes her to lose her sanity .

Some time later, Bonnie and Rochelle turn up at Sarah’s house and ask her if she still has powers or if she wants to hang out with them again. Sarah obviously doesn't want anything to do with them anymore and the two girls walk away and mock her. Sarah causes lightning to strike a tree, and a falling branch nearly crushes the two girls. She warns them, “Be careful. You don’t want to end up like Nancy.” The scene shifts to a psychiatric hospital, where Nancy has been confined, and as she screams and rambles in believing she still has powers, she is given a sedative by a nurse. As the film closes, her final words are "I'm flying."



The Craft received mixed reviews from critics; it currently holds a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews.

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #1 in the North American Box office making $6,710,995USD. The movie was a sleeper hit and became a cult favorite.[2] According to, The Craft is the 8th highest grossing movie since 1980 dealing with the genre of witches.[3]

A straight-to-DVD sequel was in the works,[4] but was terminated.[5]

Home media[edit]

Following the film's theatrical release, The Craft was released in VHS format in the United States on April 1, 1997 via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. A second VHS edition was made available from Sony on April 14, 1998; this edition contained the film's original widescreen format. In the United Kingdom, the film was released on VHS by home entertainment company Cinema Club on August 6, 2001. The film has been made available as a double feature in the UK; Cinema Club released it with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein on December 27, 2000, and Uca Home Entertainment released it with Disturbing Behavior on March 17, 2003. Cinema Club also release it in a triple feature, included with Urban Legend and Phantoms.

In the United States, the film made its DVD debut on August 6, 1997 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in a 'Deluxe Widescreen Presentation' edition. September 12, 2000 saw the release of the 'Special Edition' which featured a collection of special features including an Isolated Music Score, Director's Commentary, 3 Deleted Scenes, Original Featurette, Theatrical Trailers, Talent Files and Exclusive Making-Of Featurette: "Conjuring The Craft". Sony released the film with Wild Things as part of a 'Double Feature' on November 23, 2007, and another released was made on June 1, 2010 in a 'Dreadtime Stories' edition with The Woods. The Craft was first made in available on DVD in the United Kingdom on September 14, 1998 by Sony and the 'Collector's Edition' was released by Sony on December 4, 2000. Another standard edition became available on December 10, 2007 via Uca.

The film was released on LaserDisc in 1996 as a deluxe widescreen presentation.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on UMD for Play Station Portable (PSP) in the United States and United Kingdom on May 20, 2008.

On October 13, 2009, Sony made The Craft available on Blu-ray format in the United States. It was released in Australia on Blu-ray on June 2, 2010 via Blu-ray by Sony.

The Craft was also released in several other countries via VHS, DVD and Blu-ray. Such countries include Germany where it is known as Der Hexenclub.


Sony Pictures has announced that a remake of The Craft is currently in development and will be written and directed by Leigh Janiak. The announcement of the remake has spawned negative reactions from not only fans of the original but from Fairuza Balk as well.[6][7]


Music from the Motion Picture[edit]

No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Tomorrow Never Knows"   Our Lady Peace 4:14
2. "I Have the Touch"   Heather Nova 4:17
3. "All This and Nothing"   Sponge 4:19
4. "Dangerous Type"   Letters to Cleo 3:39
5. "How Soon Is Now?"   Love Spit Love 4:25
6. "Dark Secret"   Matthew Sweet 4:04
7. "Witches Song"   Juliana Hatfield 4:35
8. "Jump Into the Fire"   Tripping Daisy 5:45
9. "Under the Water"   Jewel 4:58
10. "Warning"   All Too Much 4:44
11. "Spastica"   Elastica 2:31
12. "The Horror"   Spacehog 4:49
13. "Bells, Books and Candles"   Graeme Revell 4:47

Original Motion Picture Score[edit]

No. Title Composer(s) Length
1. "Ours Is the Power"   Graeme Revell 1:07
2. "Bitches of Eastwick"   Graeme Revell 3:17
3. "Natural Witch"   Graeme Revell 1:28
4. "Calling the Corners"   Graeme Revell 1:31
5. "Magic Store"   Graeme Revell 2:18
6. "Bonnie"   Graeme Revell 2:22
7. "Invocation"   Graeme Revell 4:24
8. "Glamour"   Graeme Revell 2:00
9. "Nightmare"   Graeme Revell 1:49
10. "Behind the Curtain"   Graeme Revell 2:15
11. "By the Power of 3 X 3"   Graeme Revell 4:27
12. "Sarah's Revenge"   Graeme Revell 1:37
13. "Trouble With Snakes and Insects"   Graeme Revell 1:52
14. "I Bind You, Nancy"   Graeme Revell 2:30
15. "Lightning Strikes"   Graeme Revell 2:04


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