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. A Deleted Scene shows that Bonnie and Rochelle made one attempt at talking Nancy down, but she shames them into sticking with her by pointing out that she's their only friend.
  • 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?
  • 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".