Monday, June 30, 2014

Memory Lane: The Craft

by Megan S.

Come with me, if you will, on a trip down memory lane as we celebrate the timeless classic about girl power run amok, The Craft.  Do you remember it?  How could you not?  It's been almost twenty years since the teen witch movie graced the silver screen and it's still just amazing as it was in 1996.  Let us reminisce, shall we?

Notable Quotables

One of the reasons The Craft is still so fantastic is the dialogue.  It's the perfect mix of snark and teen angst with just a touch of schmaltz.  Even to this day, I catch myself quoting the movie like when I whisper "Tricky, tricky, tricky" as I deal with a knotty problem.


I could write a whole entire blog post about the fashion in The Craft, it so perfectly encapsulated what teenage girls aspired to wear in 1996.  I mean there were at least three instances of the main characters wearing jean overalls.  JEAN OVERALLS, PEOPLE.  It didn't stop there either.  The film is positively bursting with matte brown lipstick; thigh high stockings; baby tees; catholic school uniforms; plastic barrettes; leather blazers; floor length, a-line skirts and dresses; and mock turtlenecks. It's glorious.

Magical Realism

What Gen Xer or Millenial doesn't have fond memories of playing Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board?  I always secretly hoped the sleepover game of easily lifting someone off the ground using only two fingers was actually magic.  The movie reminds of all those niggling "what ifs" of childhood.

The Music

It was a perfect blend of angsty, snarky, and a little cheesy.  Just like the dialogue.


Ah the good old days, when inheriting $175,000 could buy you an expansive apartment, a mid-century modern sofa, a jukebox that played nothing but Connie Francis, and a hot new car. Now, people in San Francisco are ponying up $1350 a month just to live in a 174 square foot apartment.

Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk's acting in The Craft was akin to a master's class in scenery chewing.  Her bad girl character was so over the top, it was transcendent.  I loved every minute of it.

Girl Power Run Amok

Yeah.  You caught me.  This is from Hocus Pocus and not The Craft.

One of the more popular concepts of the mid 1990s was that of Girl Power, an aspect of Third Wave Feminism, and it was the underlying theme of the film.  Young women were encouraged to be ambitious and assertive individuals who didn't kowtow to their male peers or group pressure.  This is mirrored in the main characters' struggle throughout the story. The film takes the Girl Power concept one step further when it becomes a cautionary tale, preaching to young women to look out for one another and never hold others down.

So, what was your favorite part of The Craft?  Share it in the comments!
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1 comment:

  1. I too say "Tricky, tricky, tricky."

    Fairuza Balk's performance is so over the top fantastic.