The trailer for Blumhouse’s The Craft: Legacy has been released, revealing the reboot’s October release date. The film is based on 1996’s The Craft, which was directed by Andrew Fleming and proved to be a surprise hit at the box office. With a cast that included Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True, the movie grossed $55.6 million worldwide against a $15 million budget. In the decades since it first hit theaters, The Craft has gained a strong following.
Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, the reboot focuses on four aspiring teenage witches who get more than what they bargained for once they begin to indulge their newfound powers. Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, and Nicholas Galitzine star in The Craft: Legacy, along with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny in supporting roles. Given that the reboot was first announced in March 2019, with Fleming and Jason Blum involved as executive producers, fans have been eager to know more about how the movie will serve as a continuation.
The trailer for The Craft: Legacy has now arrived, confirming that the movie will receive a VOD release on October 28. Fans of the original are sure to be pleased, as the reboot nods to its predecessor at several points. The preview also clarifies what sort of connection The Craft: Legacy has with the 1996 fan favorite. You can check out the trailer from Sony Pictures Entertainment below.
The Craft: Legacy looks to garner a whole new generation of fans while also honoring the world that Fleming established in the original. The trailer begins with the famous “light as a feather, stiff as a board” scene. But the homages and connections are even more significant. A photo of Nancy Downs (Balk) is prominently featured in the trailer, which indicates that the memorable villain could show up in a cameo appearance. The original concluded with Nancy stripped of her powers and committed to an asylum. Given how much time has passed, it would be interesting to know what has happened to the character. The new foursome also has the chance to declare that they are the weirdos, an invocation of one of the most famous quotes in The Craft. One thing that the reboot sets out to do differently, though, is to shift the perspective. This time, it seems the new girl (played by Spaeny) could end up being corrupted by the power of magic rather than serving as the hero of the story.
The trailer does rely on the familiar trick of slowing down a pop song to the point where the lyrics sound haunting. But the more menacing version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” fits well with the overall mood that the supernatural thriller is attempting to cultivate. While reboots are always a tricky proposition, particularly when it comes to updating movies which are already well-received, it seems as though The Craft: Legacy has the reputation of the original well on its mind. The reboot will likely be helped by the fact that it arrives in time for Halloween and during a period of uncertainty where audiences have been embracing on-screen scares.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment