I am not sure if The Craft: Legacy was a sequel or a reboot or a remake. I’m not sure if the people at Blumhouse know either. It sure feels kind of like a mixture of all three.
I just watched for the first time the original “The Craft” last night as the final film in the 2020 October EYG Halloween Horror Bingefest. I thought it was good, not great. The best part of the film was the four lead characters. That was not as much the case with The Craft: Legacy.
I don’t mean to say that the four ladies leading this movie were bad. Far from it. They just did not stand out. And none of the characters had much of a personality or character development. They were unremarkable.
Lily (Cailee Spaeny) and her mother Helen(Michelle Monaghan) were starting over as Helen was moving them in with her new boyfriend Adam (David Duchovny) and his sons (no Brady Bunch references here). Once there, Lily meets three girls at school, Lourdes (Zoey Luna), Frankie (Gideon Adlon) and Tabby (Lovie Simone). These three girls were in a coven and were hoping to find a fourth. Fate stepped in.
The girls bonded and discovered their power was working well, as they put a spell on high school douchebag Timmy (Nicholas Galitzine) to make him “woke.”
However, problems begin to surface and new father figure Adam started looking like he was not the Mike Brady that he, at first, appeared.
There were some storyline beats in the first half of the movie that could have been developed into something more than time fillers, but that feels like that is all they were. There were some hints about the youngest of Adam’s sons, and there were several 21st century high school drama topics tossed in, but none of them were developed past surface level.
The story the film chose to follow mostly was truly one of the weakest of the bunch and lead to a disappointing and sudden third act that did not feel like it fit with what much of the early part of the movie was setting up.
I will admit that I will always have issues with seeing David Duchovny as anyone other than Agent Fox Mulder. That is my own issue and not the fault of the film. However, it did take me out of what they were trying to do with that character.
Then, the film’s twist at the end came out of nowhere and only seemed to appear in the third act. That is never a good way to drop a major storyline twist. You should always be able to go back on a rewatch and see where the hints for the twist were and how it made other things make sense. This one felt like a simple throwback and had very little weight.
Quite a step down from The Craft, The Craft: Legacy feels like a Disney Channel movie with about that level of depth.