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''The Craft'' is a 1996 teen horror film about four high-school outcasts who practice witchcraft, and how the use of their powers affects their friendships and relationships. It starred Creator/FairuzaBalk, Creator/NeveCampbell, [[HalfBaked Rachel True]] and [[TheMentalist Robin Tunney]].

[[NaiveNewcomer Sarah Bailey]], a [[TroubledButCute troubled teenager]] from UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, moves to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles with her father and stepmother. Enrolling in a local Catholic school, she inadvertently attracts the attention of three of the school's outcasts: Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle, who also happen to be witches.

Each of the three suffers from a personal problem of some kind: Nancy lives in a trailer with her mother and abusive stepfather, Rochelle suffers racist harassment by the school's AlphaBitch, and Bonnie has severe burn scars all over her body.

The four decide to use their powers for personal gain, casting vengeful spells against those that wronged them.

The film is notable for [[ShownTheirWork hiring an actual Wiccan as a script consultant]] and [[Creator/FairuzaBalk another one]] to play Nancy. But since Wicca is a pretty mundane religion in real life, most of their suggestions were ignored in the name of ArtisticLicense.

See also ''Film/TheCovenant'', which is essentially the same premise but with lead guys instead.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AboveGoodAndEvil: The god Mannon is is described as such. The girls try to do the same with their magic. It doesn't work.
* AbusiveParents: Heavily implied with Nancy's step-father.
* AlphaBitch: Laura Lizzie.
* ArtisticLicense: Unlike most films of this ilk, they [[ShownTheirWork actually did the research]] on UsefulNotes/{{Wicca}} before making the film. Since an accurate portrayal of Wicca wouldn't make for a very good horror movie, though, most of it (apart from some flavoring) got thrown out in favor of a ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' or ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}''-style approach.
** The shopkeeper's line "Why don't you read this? It explains it all" -- and she gives Sarah ''one book'' -- probably counts as Somewhere An Occultist Is Crying (or laughing fit to bust), if there was such a thing.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Chris (though admittedly, his stalking and rape attempt was the result of a [[LovePotion love spell]])]], Laura, Nancy's stepfather.
* AxCrazy: Nancy, after she gets her powers.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished:
** It's no coincidence that Bonnie's burn scars stop just below her face.
** Averted with Laura. Rochelle causes her hair to fall out as revenge for her racist bullying.
* BeautyToBeast: It's only for a moment but Sarah is able to make Bonnie hallucinate that her scars have returned, now covering her face too. And that Rochelle's hair has fallen out.
* BetaBitch: A male example. Trey seems to be one to JerkJock Chris.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Rochelle and Sarah experience this with their use of magic. Sarah wishes for Chris to like her and initially enjoys it when he becomes her slave. [[spoiler: Then he ends up trying to rape her]]. Likewise Rochelle wishes for revenge on the school bully but then feels sorry for her when the revenge goes too far.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Bonnie when her scars are removed.
* BetaBitch: Laura has one to giggle at her taunts to Rochelle.
* BitchAlert: Inverted. Laura Lizzie's character introduction is leaving a night with Chris and his friends, saying "nice meeting you Sarah" with a sincere smile. However we see her true character at the swim practice.
** It is however a straight example for ''Nancy''. When Sarah meets her and the girls, she asks to be their lab partners. Nancy says nothing and just glares at her.
* BreakTheCutie: An example where [[spoiler: [[BewareTheNiceOnes the cutie breaks you]] in the end.]]
* CatFight: In the climax between [[spoiler: Sarah and Nancy. It's a serious fight, though, and it is not played for Fanservice]].
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: Par for the course.
** SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: And sometimes outside of class.
* CorruptTheCutie: In the process of magic, Bonnie turns from sweet caring girl into vain and narcissistic...well...witch.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Nancy by the end.
* [[DarkenedBuildingShootout Darkened Building Fight]]
* DateRapeAverted: [[spoiler: A [[LovePotion love spell]] gone wrong make Chris so obsessed with Sarah that he eventually tries to rape her by the side of the road when she rejects his advances again when he goes on a date with her. She knees him in the groin, and runs away.]]
* DawsonCasting: All the girls, but special mention should go to Rachel True who was ''30'' when she played Rochelle.
* DisproportionateRetribution:[[spoiler: Chris' death.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Averted. Nancy uses a Glamour to make Chris think she is Sarah and prepares to fool around with him on the bed. When she is discovered, Chris is disgusted and it's presented as something very wrong.
** Another aversion could be Sarah's spell on Chris. Technically ''Sarah'' is the rapist in this situation, casting a love spell that causes him to obsess over her. And her spell turns ''him'' into a would-be rapist.
* DrivenToSuicide: Sarah attempted suicide in the past. Bonnie's comments on Sarah's scarred wrists "you even did it the right way" indicate she may have at least considered it. Combined with the events of the film, this makes [[spoiler: Nancy]]'s plan to [[spoiler: kill Sarah and [[NeverSuicide make it look like suicide]] pretty plausible.]]
* DyeHard: In-universe example. Laura Lizzie is apparently not a natural blonde.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: All of the girls (except Rochelle obviously), but Nancy the most.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Nancy seems to have some love for her mother. She uses her powers on her stepfather when he strikes her.
* FallenPrincess: The AlphaBitch Laura-Lizzie after her hair has fallen out and she has to wear a wig.
* FlatCharacter: Bonnie and Rochelle have no characterization outside of their "freak" status.
* FourElementEnsemble: Sarah is Earth, Nancy is Air, Rochelle is Water and Bonnie is Fire.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sarah is melancholic, Nancy is choleric, Rochelle is phlegmatic and Bonnie is sanguine.
* FourGirlEnsemble: Sarah is TheIngenue.
* {{Glamour}}: Using magic to change your appearance is just so much simpler than going to a salon.
* {{Goth}}: Nancy. The lone psycho variety.
* GothGirlsKnowMagic: Teenage rebellion and Goth style leads to magical terrorism.
* GreenEyes: Sarah, and Nancy.
* HotWitch: ''All four'' of the girls have their moments. Also this is Bonnie's true desire.
* JerkJock: Chris. Interestingly enough AlphaBitch Laura Lizzie is a female example. She and her BetaBitch are on the swim team with Rochelle.
* LadyDrunk: Nancy's mother.
* LooksLikeCesare: Nancy, towards the end of the movie.
* LovePotion: Sarah puts Chris under a love spell after he pretended to be interested in her, but turned out to just be an asshole instead. It works fine at first, until Chris becomes so enamored with Sarah that he starts stalking her, [[spoiler:culminating in a [[DateRapeAverted date rape attempt]]. Nancy then kills him in retaliation.]]
* MindRape: [[spoiler: What Nancy tries to do to Sarah.]]
* MissingMom: Sarah's mother ([[GenerationXerox who was also a witch]]) [[DeathByChildbirth died when she was a baby]], which leads her to [[TellMeAboutMyFather try to find out more about her]]. She has a stepmother called Jenny but she's barely featured in the film.
* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: [[spoiler: Bonnie and Rochelle bail on Nancy after she threatens to slit the latter's throat if they don't follow her orders.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Sarah has this after [[spoiler: Chris's death]] where she realises the whole mess is her fault. Implied that Rochelle suffers a similar moment when she sees Laura Lizzie with her hair falling out.
* NaiveNewcomer: Sarah, both to the school and to magic.
* {{Narcissist}}: Bonnie, after her scars vanish.
* ParentalSubstitute: Sarah receives advice from the owner of the magic shop.
* PerkyGoth: Nancy, whenever she's in a good mood anyway.
* PlotHole: Bonnie wears baggy clothes to hide her scars. After she first starts treatment for them she is suddenly wearing less clothes but then in another scene the scars are back and when they finally disappear Bonnie walks into class wearing the same type of clothes she'd been wearing before and everyone is suddenly reacting to that.
** The occasion when she's wearing fewer clothes is when the four go on an outing to the countryside. Her scars are still partly visible, and it seems to be more because she's more comfortable to expose them among the rest of the coven than she is at school.
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: Sarah to [[spoiler: Nancy]]
-->"Oh, and he (Mannon) wanted me to give you a message: You're in deep shit."
* PrimalFear: The house full of snakes.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Almost happens to Sarah.]]
* RealitySubtext: Creator/FairuzaBalk, the actress who plays Nancy, is a Wiccan in real life, and used to own an occult shop.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Nancy gave one in a deleted scene to each of the girls. It takes place before Sarah attempts the binding spell and explains [[spoiler: Rochelle and Bonnie's rather abrupt FaceHeelTurn]] - implying they were scared of Nancy.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Specifically, Snakes Are Evil.
* RuleOfThree: The entire magic outline revolves around the power of "Three Times Three." Meaning once the spell is cast, the caster is [[LaserGuidedKarma marked and it comes back to them 3 times better or worse depending on the spell.]] In Sarah's case, she casted a [[LovePotion love spell.]] and it slowly escalated times 3. The first time was the spell itself working, Chris became a mindless love slave, that did whatever Sarah said. The second time it escalated, he became so enamored with Sarah that he began stalking her. [[spoiler: The third was when he tried to get her alone so he could rape her.]]
* SchoolgirlLesbians: The girls are MistakenForGay.
* ShapeshiftingSeducer: [[spoiler: Nancy goes to get revenge on Chris after he tried to rape Sarah as a result of the love spell they put on him, apparently by seducing him so she can perform a GroinAttack (which he anticipates). When she fails to get in his pants, she morphs her face into Sarah's to tempt him, which works. A double whammy, since the love spell means Chris didn't really love Sarah either.]]
* ShoutOut: Chris refers to Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle as "the bitches of Eastwick."
** A girl called Nancy tells someone [[Film/NightmareOnElmStreet "You are nothing. You are shit...and you don't exist to me!"]]
* ShowerScene: The girls showering after swimming class, which leads to...
** ShowerOfAngst: Laura begins to cry when she realizes her hair is falling out in the shower.
* ShrinkingViolet: Bonnie initially.
* StalkerWithACrush: Chris when BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* TerrifyingPetStoreRat: The animals in the torment scene are all the usual subjects from pet stores, none of which really react to Sarah. This is playing off her established fear of snakes at least.
* TokenMinority: Rochelle. She wasn't actually written to be black but when Rachel True was cast, racism was written into her storyline.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sarah, once [[spoiler: she realises her raw magic potential, kicks Nancy's ass and cancels out Bonnie and Rochelle's powers for good.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass[=/=]FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle when their magic gets the better of them.]]
* TraumaticHaircut: A variation. A revenge spell on Laura Lizzie causes her hair to fall out.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes?: As part as [[spoiler: the girl's trying to break Sarah, they make her hallucinate snakes, maggots, scorpians, rats, cockroaches...]]
* WitchWithACapitalB: Inverted. Chris describes Nancy and her friends to Sarah as "the Bitches of Eastwick"
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: You don't want to end up like [[spoiler:Nancy]].
* {{Yandere}}: Chris becomes one after Sarah puts a spell on him. One could argue that Nancy is a Yandere for Chris too.
* YoureJustJealous: Chris gives this line to Nancy. It turns out to be a major BerserkButton for her.
* ZettaiRyouiki: All the girls sport this look at various times.

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