4 women walk in a line with a lighting storm flashing behind them.


Title: The Craft
Released: 1996

Fix: Drama, Horror, Witches, Teen Movies, The ‘90’s, Halloween
Platforms: Starz

Official Summary:

At a Catholic school, a new girls falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against anyone who crosses them, even their parents.

FYA Summary:

Three aspiring teen witches initiate new girl Sarah as their eagerly awaited fourth member. You know, you gotta have four for a proper circle. They dabble in schoolgirl games, healing and casting glamors, but eventually move on to some scarier shizz. When Sarah decides things have gone too far, she finds the girls aren’t willing to let her go that easily.

There’s something appealing about the witchy bond the girls create, and it’s kind of empowering to watch them pursue the justice due them. 

Familiar Faces:

Robin Tunney as Sarah

Sarah grew up without her mom, and with being the new girl in school, it’s hard not to sympathize with her. Just try to ignore the wig, it’s not Robin’s fault. She was very in the Empire Records moment.

Fairuza Balk as Nancy

All hail the enduring crazy-eyed scariness of Fairuza Balk’s Nancy.

Neve Campbell as Bonnie 

Peak Party of Five Neve, before she was a Scream queen. She was particularly great at conveying vulnerability.

Rachel True as Rochelle

Rochelle may be the most sympathetic member of the coven, although I don’t know if that’s exactly true for any of them.

Skeet Ulrich as Chris

I know he was super hot, but I always thought he was a super creep. And that was before he played a murderer.

Christine Taylor as Laura

Christine plays a more despicable character than Marcia Brady, if you can believe that. It’s hard not to root for the witches on this one.

Breckin Meyer as Mitt 

Did a ‘90’s teen movie exist without Breckin in the background?

Couch-Sharing Capability: Gather Your Coven

Light some candles and bust out the ouija board, because it’s slumber party time! Enjoy some serious nostalgia for the fashion and hair and hair of the decade, particularly of the goth variety. Man, we loved us some ugly shoes and superfluous hair accessories. It was a very frumpy time. There’s also some delightfully ’90’s music, including, hilariously, the Charmed theme song.

Warning: This ain’t some fluffy rom-com. The guys in this movie are uber douchebros. And there’s some despicable behavior that not everyone will consider entertaining. Also: snakes.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Witchy Brew

Time to check pinterest for some autumnal cocktails to usher in the best season of the year! Or, you know, just shove a cinnamon stick in some bourbon, and call it good.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Spooky

There’s an unrelenting strain of creepiness running through this movie. If you’re like me, your October could use some seasonal escape, possibly of the variety where some horrible people get what’s coming to them. The Craft has something for everyone: some house porn, that emo teen vibe, levitation, some seriously regrettable accessories, an unhinged murderer, a badass face-off, and a little sweet revenge.

Kandis (she/her) is a proud member of the Austin FYA book club chapter who loves vampires, romance novels, live tweeting CW shows, and Jonah Griggs. She’s not like a regular mom. She’s a cool mom.