Ouch, this one hurts. Sony Pictures is remaking the 1996 cult teen horror film The Craft. The original film starred Neve Cambell, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True as a clique of Catholic school girls dabbling in the dark arts when Robin Tunney, a natural witch, completes the corners, giving them all dangerous powers. Per THR, Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak will direct The Craft remake and co-write the script alongside her Honeymoon co-writer Phil Graziadei.
If you’re of a certain age, The Craft was one of those essential teen movies along with the likes of Cruel Intentions and 10 Things I Hate about You. And if you’re of that age, you probably spent a lot of nights playing “light as a feather, stiff as a board” with your friends or “binding” pictures of your teenage nemesis. Which is to say, rebooting the film makes total sense given current drive to relentlessly exploit ’90s nostalgia (not to mention the recent popularity of all things occult).
While The Craft remake is no doubt a further attempt to profit off that nostalgia, and my initial reaction is to shudder and whine, Honeymoon was an excellent debut feature and if we’re getting a remake, I’m glad to see it in Janiak’s hands. The original film was edgy and dark with cast of fierce young woman and a killer sense of style. After seeing Honeymoon, those are all things I feel confident Janiak can deliver while updating the material. There was an undeniable camp factor to the original film, from the soapy performances to the hazy storytelling, but with Janiak at the helm I could see the remake going full-on in the direction of horror. Honestly, I’m just hoping for a Fairuza Balk cameo. You just can’t have The Craft without Fairuza Balk.
Janiak recently directed an episode of MTV’s Scream series, so we’ll get a chance to see how she handles adapting beloved ’90s horror very soon.