Friends, the other evening as I was about to turn in for the night, my feed lit up with comments about The Craft: Legacy trailer that had just been released online. This new film as is revealed in the trailer itself is a sequel to 1996’s The Craft – a film that was not only successful at the box office but has gone on to become a cult classic. With it’s blend of horror and look at the hardships of High School – it spoke to a lot of folks who felt like outcasts… even to those of us who had already graduated.
As I understand it, the development for a sequel to The Craft had begun around 2010 and was intended as straight-to-DVD affair, although that project finally foundered and was abandoned. A second attempt to a quasi-sequel was tried by Sony Picture in May of 2016 with an original screenplay by Leigh Janiak (Honeymoon) – although while she was picked as director for the film, the studio brought on Daniel Casey (Kin) to work on the script. In the end this project was also dropped, but then in March of 2019, Blumhouse Productions announced they were working on a sequel to the 1996 film – hiring Zoe-Lister Jones to write and direct The Craft: Legacy.
Now to be upfront, I have to admit that there were some elements in the trailer that didn’t quite win me over – more often than not however I have enjoyed the films that Blumhouse has delivered. I am curious though as what final rating The Craft: Legacy ends up receiving – as the trailer makes me feel they might be shooting for the PG-13 crowd.
While it was a nice surprise to see both David Duchovny (The X-Files) and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) – the success of the film will naturally rest on the shoulders of Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising), Zoey Luna (Pose), Lovie Simone (Greenleaf), and Gideon Adlon (Blockers).
In closing out this article, I would like to point out that in less than a week we have had announcements for the Creepshow animated special, Wolfman’s Got Nards documentary, and now The Craft: Legacy – all coming out one after another starting on October 26th. So you better start marking your calendars and planning your evenings to catch all of the Holiday related entertainment heading our way!