IMDb Rating: 3.9/10

PG-13 | 1h 37min | Drama, Fantasy | 8 Oct 2020 (New Zealand) | Movie

Metacritic: 56/100

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48% Rotten (Critic reviews) | 40% Rotten (Audience reviews)

Director: Zoe Lister-Jones

Writer: Zoe Lister-Jones, Peter Filardi

Stars: Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna, Gideon Adlon

Movie Tagline: “Let the ritual begin.

IMDb summary: A group of high school students form a coven of witches. A sequel to the 1996 film, “The Craft”.

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Oh dear… I don’t think our blog has had a movie review score that low before from IMDb. So we’re already primed to say that this sequel probably didn’t need to be made and judging by the audience and critic reactions thus far, probably shouldn’t have been made.

With totally new faces, a (kind-of) new premise and a very new antagonist, we were initially intrigued to see what the sequel for The Craft would look like. And we were more than just a little disappointed.

We know it’s not a remake but in fact a sequel to The Craft. New girl to the neighbourhood Lily is moving into her step father’s house with her mother. New location, new family and that also means new friends. It doesn’t take long for the new girls to get close to Lily which we thought was a little odd. It seemed a little like these girls were trying too hard to befriend a complete stranger.

When the girls reveal who they are to Lily and notice she is wearing a particularly interesting necklace given to her by her mother, the girls are instantly bonding over their new coven member.

There are a lot of tie-ins to the first film including a nod to the “light as a feather, stiff as a board” sequence. And there’s witchy seances and spells being cast on one particular boy that Lily likes (which she later completely screws up).

So we get it, they want us to know they’re being loyal to where The Craft originated and the writer of the first film, Peter Filardi is also penning part of this script. But that’s where any of the good stuff this film has to offer ends.

The antagonist ends up being someone completely out of connection with the girls as a coven but apparently, not from Lily (full name Lilith). Once you get closer to making the familial link between Lily and her real mother, it’s kind of a little sad that things had to end the way they did. We won’t spoil it by telling you who Lily’s mother is.

If only the soundtrack was as good as The Craft’s, we would have been happy to award another half a star. But I’m left with a foul taste in my mouth after watching this and while the last scene could have made a little bit of difference to the continuation of this story, we really hope there isn’t one.

 

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