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.
  • 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?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight / Surprisingly Similar Stories: In this movie, while settling into a new home and way of life in the big city, our psychologically troubled teen hero falls in with a group of friends who practice magic by channeling the power of a metaphysical entity. One of these friends - the eventual Big Bad of the story - can manipulate lightning, has a lot more to teach about magic than the others, and is sinister, charismatic, and delightfully hammy. The protagonist delves deeper and deeper into the supernatural arts and is quickly revealed to have far more natural ability than the other practitioners. Unfortunately, after foraying into Black Magic under the Big Bad's guidance, the protagonist becomes isolated and morally off track. And even though our hero embraced darkness partly for the sake of a relationship, the dark arts turn the relationship disturbing and creepy, and the Love Interest ends up dying as a result. Keep in mind, this movie was made three years before George Lucas started releasing the Star Wars prequels.
    • Another one: a teenage girl moves to a new city, and soon falls in with a group of three female classmates who seem nice at first, but quickly reveal themselves to be utterly monstrous. After being exposed full-blast to her friends' villainy, our heroine resolves to destroy their power. As Lindsay Ellis noted in her review of this film, this is essentially the plot of Mean Girls, only that film was a comedy without any supernatural elements — and in her opinion, a better film for it.
  • 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 — a 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 negroids".