|Prepare to travel back in time.|
The witching hour to be more specific, was early May, 1996. I promised to spend the whole week reviewing movies without explosions, and technically this follows that. Mostly. Shut up.
When I think about the '90s, no movie to me more embodies the very middle of the era than The Craft. The craft centers around the new girl coming to a catholic high school, where she falls in with three weirdos who practice witchcraft, they all start practicing witchcraft, and then they use it to do really petty, nasty things to all the people who they feel have wronged them in some way. They each represent their own archetype of 'disenfranchised high-schooler who wants to get even. Robin Tunney, following her performance the previous year in Empire Records (though you may better know her today as Special Agent Lisbon on TNT's The Mentalist) portrays Sarah Bailey, a 16 year old girl with suicidal tendencies in her past, along with a history of hallucinations. Neve Campbell, probably best remembered as Julia Salinger on Party of Five or Sidney from the Scream franchise, portrays Bonnie, a girl with severe burns that make her the subject of bullying. Rachel True, who honestly never went to do much of anything (she has since had a handful of bit parts on tv shows and tv movies) plays Rochelle, a girl picked on mercilessly by the popular crowd because they are great big racists, and Rochelle is the only African-American student in the whole school.
|Others might call her a shrieking psychopath.|
|If not for the whole killing people with black magic,|
these girls could have come from anywhere in the 90s.
|As punishment for Neve and Rachel's misdeeds, Robin|
took away their careers.
That's it for this weeks reviews! Next week I will continue our detour with PRETENTIOUS INDIE WEEK, where I talk about a few small budget movies I've seen, and decide if small budget can mean big entertainment. Before we get thoughtful though, on Saturday I will treat us all to some truly abysmal cinema, as I do a rundown of some of the worst movies about animals (animated or otherwise), ranging from the stupid to the just plain creepy.
|I'm looking at you Alpha and Omega.|