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 Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True and Robin Tunney.Sarah Bailey, a troubled teenager from San Francisco, moves to Los Angeles 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 Alpha Bitch, 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 hiring an actual Wiccan as a script consultant and 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 Artistic License.See also The Covenant, which is essentially the same premise but with lead guys instead.
This film contains examples of:
Above Good and Evil: The god Mannon is is described as such. The girls try to do the same with their magic. It doesn't work.
Artistic License: Unlike most films of this ilk, they actually did the research on 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 Charmed or Buffy-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.
Asshole Victim: Chris (though admittedly, his stalking and rape attempt was the result of a love spell), Laura, Nancy's stepfather.
Date Rape Averted: A 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.
Maybe not the latter. At one point he lifts Nancy's skirt, but neither she nor her mother comment on it; at best, Nancy looks angry and annoyed, her mother doesn't notice. And then he and her mother start having sex just outside her bedroom door, while Nancy lies on her bed trying to shut it out.
Driven to Suicide: 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 Nancy's plan to kill Sarah and make it look like suicide pretty plausible.
Love Potion: 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, culminating in a date rape attempt. Nancy then kills him in retaliation.
Plot Hole: 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.
Rule of Three: The entire magic outline revolves around the power of "Three Times Three." Meaning once the spell is cast, the caster is marked and it comes back to them 3 times better or worse depending on the spell. In Sarah's case, she casted a 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. The third was when he tried to get her alone so he could rape her.
Shapeshifting Seducer: 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 Groin Attack (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.
Shout-Out: Chris refers to Nancy, Bonnie, and Rochelle as "the bitches of Eastwick."
Shower Scene: The girls showering after swimming class, which leads to...
Shower of Angst: Laura begins to cry when she realizes her hair is falling out in the shower.