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The Bitches of Eastwick
The Craft (DVD)
Member Name: wampyrii
The Craft (DVD)
Date: 21/01/03, updated on 21/01/03 (147 review reads)
Disadvantages: It's only OK
Well this is a movie I enjoyed afar more than I expected to. "Teenage witches wreaking havoc in an American High School" sounded like the plot from hell to me and if I saw it again attached to a different movie, probably still would, but last night I was bored and it was on and well I started half paying attention to it...and got sucked in and enjoyed it. Maybe I really was THAT bored, but maybe it's actual quite entertaining.
Anyhoo, the plot is simple so I'll skim over it. A girl moves to a new town and finds herself something of a loner in her new school. People are rude to her aside from a gang of 3 misfits who claim to be witches and are nicknamed "The Bitches Of Eastwick" by their classmates...the reason they like her is because she is apparently the fourth 'witch' they are looking for to complete their coven. Apparently you need 4 witches(umm, 3 everywhere else innit?), one for each point of the compass and their powers will be complete. Lo and behold...it works! At first it's fun, they magic up a cloud of butterflies, levitate etc. but things get out of hand as they use their powers for increasingly more ambitious and then evil means...
Umm, firstly let me say that the plot is basically pitched at teens. You know the kind of thing, witches find they are all-powerful and instead of changing the world order or something they make their enemys hair fall out and a boy fall in love with them...such high ideas. As such, it's best to just ignore the plot, which is something I found myself quickly doing. It's simply not interesting. It could have been, but it's not that kind of movie. Instead we do watch a racist girl's blonde hair drop out, another use her powers to make a boy follow her around like a puppy dog and so on. It's all a bit pithy and it ought not to have worked at all...
The reason it does work though, well for me anyway as it doesn't seem to have been too popula
r amongst the critics, is because for once we have a cast who actually recognise they are meant to be teens and are absolutely spot in their attemps to capture the whole teenage thing. Fairuza Balk in particular revels in her role as the goth bitch nancy but the others slip into their roles equally comfortably bringing an air of class to what is otherwise rather cheesy. I did like the pacing of the movie as well and whilst it was blatantly obvious where the movie was going from the moment you realise what it's all about(like when you read the TV guide lol) it still manages to generate a little tension on the way there to its kinda cool conclusion. Some nice touches with special effects, suitably gothic surroundings etc. and a wonderful segment full of all things creepy, crawly and slithery top it all off nicely.
You will notice that at least 5 or 6 scenes seem to ONLY be there to add extra witchy-poo atmosphere into the cauldron and then disappear without a trace and you will notice that subplots are forgotten or closed off weakly amongst many other faults but you'll not be expecting too much will you? Will you?? I could grumble about this movie's faults but what would be the point? Think ?Teenage witches in a US High School?...if you expect anything too high-brow from it then you deserve to have a miserable 90 minutes lol. As teen 'horror' goes I thought it wasn't a bad example at all. As movies go it's probably 3 stars. I liked it, I wouldn't have rented it nor would I encourage anyone other than those who do like teen horror to do so(and don't expect much horror either - think "Charmed" and that's the level of horror on display) and bear in mind that Channel 4 seem to love showing it...so why not wait eh? lol Not bad, not great, but watchable.