The Craft: Legacy

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The Craft: Legacy
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VOD release poster
Directed byZoe Lister-Jones
Written by
Based onCharacters
by Peter Filardi
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyHillary Spera
Edited byLibby Cuenin
Music byHeather Christian
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • October 28, 2020 (2020-10-28)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million
Box office$2.3 million[1]

The Craft: Legacy (also known as Blumhouse's The Craft: Legacy) is a 2020 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones. It serves as a soft reboot and direct sequel to 1996's The Craft and stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone and Zoey Luna as four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and form a coven. It also stars Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny in supporting roles, while Fairuza Balk reprised her role as Nancy Downs from the first film for a cameo appearance.

The Craft: Legacy was released in the United States through video on demand on October 28, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label, with a theatrical release in select international markets beginning on the same day. The film had grossed over $2.3 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics.

It was nominated for the 2021 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film (Wide Release).

Plot[edit]

The film begins with 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 new boyfriend Adam Harrison and his three sons, Jacob, Isaiah, and Abe. The girls befriend Lily after she has her period in class and is mocked by her other classmates, particularly by the school bully Timmy Andrews. They are amazed when she telekinetically pushes Timmy into the lockers. When Lily responds to them using only her mind, the girls confirm her to be their fourth member and invite 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 him. The next day, Timmy behaves sensitively, confirming the girls' success. They continue to experiment with their powers, including levitation. Adam learns of the incident in school and scolds Lily, but Helen defends her. Lily overhears them arguing and goes outside where Abe talks to her about his father's authoritarian beliefs. Timmy hosts a party, inviting the coven, and apologizes to Lily, eventually becoming friends with the coven. When Timmy is at Lily's home for a project with Jacob, he admits to the girls that he had sex with Isaiah, Jacob's elder brother and that he is bisexual. Later, Lily places a love spell on Timmy, using his sweatshirt, and the two kiss.

The next morning, during class, the coven is told by their teacher that Timmy allegedly committed suicide the night before. Lily opens up to her friends about her kiss and love spell. They sever ties with her and bind themselves from magic. Lily suspects Adam to be dangerous and asks her mother for them to move out, but she does not agree. In hopes to find anything against Adam, she searches his office only to find her own adoption papers, forcing Helen to admits to her that Lily is actually her patient's child. After Timmy's funeral, Helen tells Lily she agrees to move out. Helen also admits that she knows about her powers of telepathy, telekinesis, and magic. The conversation sparks Helen to ask Lily to give her powers to Helen. When Lily suspects her, Helen shapeshifts and turns out to be a disguise by Adam, who, being part of a pagan cult, has been after her powers since the beginning and knocks her unconscious.

Lily awakens 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 arrive to save Lily by freezing time, but Adam subdues them quickly. The girls then work together and use their elemental powers to defeat Adam, burning him to death. Later, Lily continues her friendship with the girls and Helen takes her to an asylum to meet her birth mother, who is revealed to be Nancy Downs.

Cast[edit]

  • Cailee Spaeny as Lily Schechner, the central character
  • Gideon Adlon as Frankie, one of the members of the coven and Lily's friend.
  • Lovie Simone as Tabby, one of the members of the coven and Lily's friend.
  • Zoey Luna as Lourdes, one of the members of the coven and Lily's friend.
  • Nicholas Galitzine as Timmy Andrews, Lily's schoolmate
  • Michelle Monaghan as Helen Schechner, Lily's mother
  • David Duchovny as Adam Harrison, Lily's stepfather
  • Julian Grey as Abe Harrison, Lily's stepbrother
  • Charles Vandervaart as Jacob Harrison, Lily's stepbrother
  • Donald MacLean Jr. as Isaiah Harrison, Lily's stepbrother
  • Hannah Gordon as Ashley
  • Chris Tomassetti as Jeremy
  • James Madge as Mr. Bly
  • Fairuza Balk as Nancy Downs, a witch and Lily's biological mother.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

A straight-to-DVD sequel was in the works, but was terminated.[2][3] In May 2016, Sony Pictures announced that a sequel of The Craft was currently in development and would be written and directed by Leigh Janiak. The announcement of the sequel spawned negative reactions from fans of the original.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

Casting[edit]

In June 2019, Cailee Spaeny joined the cast of the film.[8] In September 2019, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, and Zoey Luna joined the cast of the film.[9] In October 2019, Nicholas Galitzine, David Duchovny, Julian Grey, and Michelle Monaghan joined the cast of the film.[10][11][12][13] In November 2019, Donald MacLean Jr. joined the cast of the film.[14]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in October 2019.[15] 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..."[16]

Music[edit]

The film's original music, composed by Heather Christian, was released digitally by Madison Gate Records on October 28, 2020.[17]

Release[edit]

The Craft: Legacy was released on video on demand by Sony Pictures Releasing on October 28, 2020, followed by a theatrical release internationally.[18][19] The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 22, 2020 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[20]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In its first weekend the film earned $680,000 while in the following weekend it earned $390,000 and in its third $242,000. As of December 25, 2020 the film has grossed $2.3 million.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 47% approval rating based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10. The website'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."[21] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54 out of 100 based on reviews from 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[22]

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".[23] Sheila O'Malley of rogerebert.com gives the film 2 stars, saying "The Craft: Legacy gets sidetracked with the Timmy sub-plot, and the film morphs into a teenage soap opera and/or ABC Afterschool Special".[24]

Accolades[edit]

The Craft: Legacy was nominated for the 2021 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film (Wide Release).[25]

Future[edit]

In October 2020, when interviewed about Fairuza Balk's cameo, Zoe Lister-Jones explained that she wrote the script with a continuation in mind.[26] Lister-Jones also revealed that she had met with the original film's actresses during the preparation for Legacy and that she would be interested in making a third installment with an intergenerational storyline.[27]

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