In 1996 a film about a group of teenage witches came out and changed the subgenre completely. The craft got rid of cheesy pointy hats and broomsticks and taught moviegoers a few things about Wicca and paganism. Just in time for Halloween, here are 12 things you might not know about the classic witch movie.
1. Robin Tunney was almost bald when they started filming The craft.
Actress Robin Tunney shaved her head in 1995 for her role as Debra Empire RecordsWhen she auditioned for the role of Sarah, she had less than an inch of hair. On the Blu-ray specifics, Tunney recalled director Andy Fleming thinking she looked like a “little freak,”
2. Fairuza Balk already knew a lot about witchcraft The craft.
Fleming was a fan of Fairuza Balk and said on the Blu-ray Specifics that he knew she was interested in paganism. The fact that she knew about the subject made it even more clear to him that she was right for the role. On the set, Fleming used her knowledge to improve scenes and make the characters more believable as witches. While researching the role, Balk even bought an occult store.
3. Unsurprisingly, none of the The craftThe main stars were teenagers.
Teens are hardly ever played by real teenagers on the big screen and cast of The craft was no exception. Tunney, Balk, and Campbell were all in their early 20s, while True was 29 years old. Skeet Ulrich (Chris) wasn’t far behind at 26.
4. A real witch has been hired to help The craft more authentic.
To ensure that the portrayal of Wicca in the film is as realistic as possible, the filmmakers hired Pat Devin as a consultant. Devin is a member of one of the largest and oldest Wiccan religious organizations in the United States, Covenant of the Goddess, and was the group’s first officer on the group’s Southern California Local Council at the time. Devin played a huge role in the production process and worked directly with the actresses at times. “Many of my suggestions have been implemented and virtually all of my suggestions have been carefully considered,” said Devin, “even if they didn’t all end up in the final version of the film.”
5. The snakes and beetles The craft were real.
There were roughly 2000 snakes that were used in Sarah’s house at the climax of the movie, and lots of bugs. In the director’s comments, Fleming says there was a fake cockroach on Bal’s face, but that the maggots, rats, and other cockroaches were all real. The house was a sealed set, and the cockroaches were specially bred for the film so if they escaped they couldn’t reproduce.
6. Sarah’s tears come in The craft were real too.
According to the director, Tunney had the ability to bring out the waterworks whenever the script called for it, which it often did. Because of the schedule, her wine scenes were everywhere, but all she had to do was turn her head away for a few minutes and the tears would flow.
7. Creepy things happened on set during The craftKey ritual scenes.
Actors and crew members claimed that some strange things happened during the ritual scene on the beach. Balk had apparently heard from a witch that the beach “didn’t like pagan ceremonies”. She got sick before filming and when they returned to the beach to film the scene the lights went out and the altar was washed away. “It was strange because when we entered the invocation the surf rose higher and then fell back when we stopped,” recalled Fleming. Tunney, on the other hand, believed that there was a natural explanation for everything that happened.
8. The French teacher in The craft was Hungarian.
To viewers who don’t speak FrenchThe classroom scene (which is not hardcoded with English subtitles) works like a general high school French class, but there are some problems. Native speakers have pointed out an error in the message the teacher writes on the board. It reads “Si vous aviez faites vos devoirs, vous comprendriez” (“If you had done your homework you would understand”), but the irregular verb “faire” should be conjugated as “fait”.
9. The pencil “magic” seen in The craft was a practical effect.
Fleming revealed in his director’s comment that there was a metal stick in the center of the pencil because they were on such a small budget and practical effects were sometimes cheaper. A prop sat under the desk and turned the bar by hand.
10. Siskel and Ebert gave The craft two thumbs down.
The craft claimed first place at the box office on the opening weekend and later became a cult classic, but not everyone loved it. Legendary critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel said watching the film was “a depressing experience,” and while it has potential, the only exciting parts are the witch scenes.
11. The craft should be rated PG-13.
Fleming says they only dropped one F-bomb on the script because they wanted the movie to be PG-13 and they knew one was all they could get away with. They later found that the judging panel automatically gave films about witchcraft “R” ratings.
12. A sequel, The craft: legacy, is on the way.
Not long after that The craft was released in theaters, talk began to circulate about a possible sequel. At first there was a planned sequel directly on DVD, but it was finally canceled. In 2015, Sony lit a remake of the film green and hired Leigh Janiak to write and direct it. We will finally get a new version The craft and it will be released just before Halloween.
The craft: legacy was written and directed by actress / filmmaker Zoe Lister-Jones and, based on the trailer, has many references to the original film. Its plot appears to largely follow that of the original film, and Balk is expected to appear in the film. It will be released for VOD rentals on October 28, 2020.
This story has been updated for 2020.