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YMMV: The Craft

  • Actor Allusion: Robin Tunney previously slit her wrists in Empire Records. Also noted under Hilarious in Hindsight, it wasn't the first time Christine Taylor would end up bald.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Although Nancy was completely Ax-Crazy, you have to feel sorry for her ending up in a mental hospital.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Nancy attack Chris in outrage over his attempted rape of Sarah, or was she just jealous that Chris was obsessed with Sarah and not her, even when the infatuation had become disturbing and dangerous?
    • Was Bonnie really that unjustified in acting vain after spending nearly her whole life covered in scars?
    • Also Rochelle. To some it may feel that what she did to Laura was entirely deserved.
  • Ass Pull: Bonnie and Rochelle's abrupt Face-Heel Turn in the third act. With Nancy it was understandable but it's never explained with them.
  • Better by a Different Name: Inverted in The Nostalgia Chick's review. She referred to Mean Girls as an unofficial remake of The Craft, only as a comedy, without the witchcraft, and a much better film for it.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: I Have The Touch by Heather Nova. Also Love Spit Love's cover of "How Soon Is Now" - originally by The Smiths.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Rochelle's entire characterization revolves around her race. A deleted scene reveals that it's not just Laura who's a racist bitch; the entire school ostracizes her because she's black (except Nancy, who throws it in Rochelle's face when she and Bonnie try to get her to lay off the magic). Many viewers were annoyed by the film's clumsy handling of racism and that Rochelle had no character beyond that.
  • Foe Yay: Does Nancy seem just a little too obsessed with Sarah?
  • Fridge Brilliance: Rochelle feeling sorry for Laura Lizzie when she sees her with her hair falling out? Why she did indeed wish "to not hate those who hate me" earlier in the film.
    • Rochelle seems to be the Butt Monkey of the group somewhat - the girls playfully make fun of her weight during the levitation, they bitch at her in the car trip and Nancy ultimately orders her around and threatens to slit her throat. If we also take into account the deleted scene that reveals it's an all-white neighbourhood, it seems like Nancy is a little racist herself.
    • The plan in the shooting script is that Sarah is the only one with real powers - and the rest of the girls are just leeching off her magic. Take into account Nancy's battle with Sarah and you realise that Nancy's magic is really all just for show. All she's able to do is scare Sarah, and she can only do it with illusions. However when Sarah decides to fight back, she's able to do some properly offensive magic - and Nancy is clearly no match for her. Note that all of Nancy's tactics in the third act are just her using some form of Glamour to scare Sarah - she's not able to do any legitimate harm to her with magic.
    • How does Nancy know how to scare Sarah? Because Sarah told her exactly what visions she got when she tried to kill herself. Nancy used the same things because she knew it would strike a nerve and freak Sarah out.
  • Genius Bonus: Sarah is a natural witch with green eyes. Green eyes were superstitiously thought to be the mark of a witch in medieval times.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Skeet Ulrich is Chris.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bonnie says that Chris comes onto all the girls in school except her. Of course one year later their actors play boyfriend and girlfriend in Scream.
    • Christine Taylor would also later end up bald in an episode of Friends. For added hilarity - her character's name is Bonnie.
    • Also at the time of filming Sarah's actress Robin Tunney was wearing a wig - as she had shaved her head for Empire Records.
    • Sarah nervously asking if the girls worship the devil becomes this when in a later movie, Robin Tunney is targeted by the devil.
  • Hollywood Homely: Bonnie and Rochelle are reviled like they have three heads, due to the former's (not instantly noticeable) burn scars and the latter's race.
  • Informed Wrongness: Sarah claims that Bonnie has become "totally narcissistic" since her scars vanished. The only real evidence of this is Bonnie wearing a t-shirt in class and flirting with a random guy on the street. Granted she doesn't seem too nice any more but that just seems a result of sloppy writing than her sudden beauty.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The girls attempts to get Sarah to kill herself qualifies.
    • Either spreading rumors that Sarah puts out or attempting to rape her could be considered one for Chris. More so the former, due to him being under a love spell for the latter.
  • Playing with Character Type: Bonnie initially starts off like Neve Campbell's usual characters in the 90s - meek Shrinking Violet. Then halfway through she becomes vain, conceited and kind of nasty.
  • Tear Jerker: The girl's Face-Heel Turn against Sarah. Especially since they were her first and only friends at the school.
    • Nancy's initial home life. She lives in a trailer with an abusive stepfather. Their house was in such a bad state that during a thunderstorm, you can see it leaking in Nancy's room.
    • The ending has an Alas, Poor Villain moment for Nancy (if you still find her likable). She is seen locked up in a mental hospital screaming about the powers she convinced herself she still has.
    • After Chris's death, Sarah starts to blame herself and her dad tries to comfort her, we then get this line.
    Don't touch me, everything I touch turns to shit.
  • The Scrappy: It's really hard to feel sympathy for Laura her outright stating that she "doesn't like black people".