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Summary: A group of school students welcome a new witch into their coven, but due to her secret legacy the results are not what they predicted.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 20th December 2020 (Australia), 6th November 2020 (Thailand), 28th October 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 3rd February 2021 (Australia), 28th October 2020 (USA)

Country: USA, Canada

Director: Zoe Lister-Jones

Screenwriter: Zoe Lister-Jones, Peter Filardi (based on characters created by)

Cast: Gideon Adlon (Frankie), Fairuza Balk (Nancy Downs), David Duchovny (Adam), Nicholas Galitzine (Timmy), Hannah Gordon (Ashley), Julian Grey (Abe), Zoey Luna (Lourdes), James Madge (Mr Bly), Donald McLean Jnr. (Isiah), Michelle Monaghan (Helen), Lovie Simone (Tabby), Cailee Spaeny (Lily), Chris Tomassetti (Jeremy), Charles Vandervaart (Jacob)

Running Time: 97 mins

Classification: M (Australia), 13 (Thailand), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR THE CRAFT: LEGACY REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ The Craft: Legacy Review:

Horror film fans are some of the most unforgiving cinephiles there are. They are never afraid to tell a filmmaker what is ‘wrong’ with a film and if someone dares make massive changes to a horror franchise then you better believe that everybody on social media is going to hear about. While many filmmakers have come unstuck through the passion of the genre’s fans one group has managed to avoid any of that fury over the past few years – Blumhouse Studios.

Formed by producer Jason Blum Blumhouse have become one of the most prolific film studios over the past few years and have had no issue with putting their stamp on some of the biggest horror franchises that cinema has ever seen – and the result has been both well received and profitable. Perhaps the jewel in the crown was releasing a Halloween film in 2018 that even the most hardcore fans embraced with open arms.

Now Blumhouse take on a new challenge. Taking the beloved 1996 film supernatural-thriller The Craft and giving it a modern day sequel. Everybody involved with this film went to great lengths to point out that this is not a remake or a rebooting and while I was sceptical to begin with I have to credit – they have created a sequel that works while paying homage to the original.

Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones (Band Aid) The Craft: Legacy centres around teenager Lily (Cailee Spaeny – Pacific Rim: Uprising) whose life is turned upside down when her mother, Helen (Michelle Monaghan – Source Code) moves them across the country so she can move with her boyfriend Adam (David Duchovny – The X-Files).

While the move originally terrifies Lily it is soon made a little more bearable when she meets three young witches at her High School whom quickly pick up on the fact that she is the powerful fourth that their coven needs.

If the plot does sound a little close to that of the original The Craft you would be right. To their credit though Lister-Jones and Blumhouse do create enough new plot devices to make the film work without being labelled a carbon copy. For starters the film does have a ‘woke’ feeling to it. Instead of the witches simply casting a love spell like in the original this time their ‘victim’ is Timmy (Nicholas Galtizine – High Strung), the school’s resident nasty jock who the witches believe can be improved and made a better  person with a simple personality altering spell.

Whether the events that then follow is the director’s way of making a statement about ‘woke’ culture is in the eyes of the viewer but either way the film does not ever become preachy towards its audience. Lister-Jones is also creative in the way she has the film link back to the original but I cannot tell you too much about that as it is a massive spoiler.

Despite the fact that so many things do work for The Craft: Legacy the film does have some negatives that prevent it from being a great film as well. It does feel that Lister-Jones took the safe route with this film. The story is simple and clearly aimed at a teenage audience but aside from that it seems like the film was afraid to take any big risks. In these days and times we have seen shows like Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina take older ideas and give them a darker twist and to be honest I think The Craft: Legacy could have benefitted from a little darker twist because at times the film felt like it was just a little ‘teenage’ centric.

The other flaw with the film is that a few of the major twists in it are severely sign-posted to the point where the audience can predict what is going to happen next. This alongside the fact that it felt that David Duchovny was under-used does suggest that this film could have been improved with a few risks taken here and there and even a longer runtime could have helped things out a little.

For the most part The Craft: Legacy is a smooth, yet enjoyable watch. You do get a strong feeling that neither Lister-Jones or Blumhouse wanted to rock the boat too much for hardened The Craft fans and the result is a film that possibly plays it a little too safe. Still fans won’t be too disappointed but let’s hope that film number three does have a bit more of an edge to it.

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You can read our review of The Craft: Legacy that appeared in The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/holding-true-to-the-craft-legacy-78047.php

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We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hault, Zoe Kravitz
  3. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  4. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  5. Entourage (2015) – Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon
  6. Spy (2015) – Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Jason Statham
  7. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) – Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow
  8. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  9. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  10. Aloha (2015) – Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin
  11. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
  12. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  13. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  14. True Detective (2014) – Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts
  15. Aquarius (2015) – David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont
  16. Survivor (2015) – Paddy Wallace, Parker Sawyers, Bashar Rahal, Royce Patterson
  17. Wayward Pines (2015) – Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon
  18. Hannibal (2013) – Caroline Dhavernas, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne
  19. Outlander (2014) – Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix
  20. Descendants (2015) – Dove Cameron, Kristin Chenoweth, Booboo Stewart, Keegan Coonor Tracy
  21. It Follows (2014) – Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe
  22. Chappie (2015) – Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, High Jackman, Sigourney Weaver
  23. American Ultra (2015) – Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins
  24. Sense8 (2015) – Miguel Angel Silvestre, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai
  25. Juarssic Park (1993) – Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

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We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

 

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  2. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington
  3. Tomorrowland (2015) – George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
  4. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  6. Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) – Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow
  7. Poltergeist (2015) – Sam Rockewell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Kennedy Clements, Saxon Sharbino
  8. Ex Machina (2015) – Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Sonoya Mizuno
  9. Jurassic World (2015) – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Judy Greer
  10. Kingsman: The Sercet Service (2014) – Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine
  11. Texas Rising (2015) – Bill Paxton, Stephen Monroe Taylor, Trevor Donovan, Rob Morrow
  12. Mad Max (1979) – Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
  13. Aloha (2015) – Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin
  14. Black Mass (2015) – Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton
  15. Point Break (2015) – Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Bojesse Christopher
  16. The Flash (2014) – Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danieele Panabaker, Carlos Valdes
  17. The Age Of Adaline (2015) – Blake Lively, Michael Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker
  18. Wayward Pines (2015) – Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon
  19. Suicide Squad (2016) – Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jared Leto, Will Smith
  20. Outlander (2014) – Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Duncan Lacroix
  21. Arrow (2012) – Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson
  22. Aquarius (2015) – David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont
  23. Daredevil (2015) – Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson
  24. Supergirl (2015) – Melissa Benoist, Laura Benanti, Mehcad Brooks, Dean Cain
  25. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg