'The Craft' Reboot Coming To Amazon Prime This Halloween
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The new version of the cult movie, 'The Craft' will stream on Amazon Prime this Halloween. The movie isn't a reboot as such, instead it's a sequel set 20 years after the original, which starred Neve Campbell and Robin Tunney.
'The Craft: Legacy' is the latest supernatural horror offering from Blumhouse and will stream on Prime from October 28, 2020. It was originally due to be released in cinemas, but will now premiere on streaming platforms instead.
The re-make stars Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna and Cailee Spaeny as a group of outcasts who form their own witches coven to dabble in black magic and the occult. David Duchovny and Michelle Monaghan also appear as the parents of one of the girls, Hannah, played by Spaeny.
It was back in 2016 that we first heard the news that a remake was in the works. The project has been kept under wraps ever since until the film's official trailer dropped at the end of September, and even that doesn't give much away. You can check it out below...
The original is one of the best-loved movies on the subject of witchcraft, and went on to become the highest grossing witch movie of all time. Now more than two decades on, it is still a must-watch movie for many fans every Halloween.
Star of the original, Robin Tunney, confirmed that the reboot was happening. Speaking on Canadian showbiz show eTalk, Robin said, "Zoe Lister-Jones is writing it." Robin, who played the lead in the original added, "I'm so proud of that movie. It was the first lead I ever had and it's a movie young girls today still watch at sleepovers. It's girl power and I'm so proud of it."
Although the original movie was a work of fiction, the makers tried to make its occult elements as real as possible. Fairuza, who played Nancy is actually a Wiccan witch and she was able to help keep the storyline as realistic as possible. The text of the book, 'Invocation Of The Spirit', that Nancy reads from in the magic shop comes from a real booked by well-known occultist Arthur Edward Waite called 'The Book Of Ceremonial Magic', a book that discusses invocation of spirits.
It seems that all this dabbling with the occult did stir up some odd goings on for the cast and crew. Apparently, the crew had to return to one location a second time to complete filming interrupted by several weird occurrences that even caused witch consultant Pat Devin to raise an eyebrow. As the fog rolled in at midnight, the four actresses used actual Wiccan rites and language to invoke powerful forces. Then, as Fairuza's character Nancy attempts to invoke the deity Manon, a flock of bats hovered over the set and the tide rose dramatically, extinguishing the circle of candles.
Witchcraft consultant Devin recalls that, "Manon, a fictitious creation for the film, sounds very close to Mananan, the Gaelic god of the sea. Luckily, we weren't all swept to sea." Director Andrew Fleming said at the time, "every time the girls started the ceremony, and only when they would start the ceremony, the waves would start coming up tremendously fast, pounding heavily. Then, right when Nancy says her line, 'Manon, fill me,' right at that exact moment, we lost power. It was a very strange thing."
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