The name Jason Blum is certainly not too strange to audiences, especially those who love horror films. Blumhouse’s boss is the man behind famous brands such as Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Split (2016) or The Invisible Man (2020). As can be seen, he always aimed at creative, creepy but still meaningful scripts. This is also the reason that “the king of horror” decided to make a sequel of The Craft called The Craft: Legacy after 24 years.
Movie poster The Craft: Legacy.
Classic works with new era colors
At the time of its release, The Craft caused great controversy in both the critic community and the audience. But after many years, the work increasingly has a large fan base and becomes a “cult classic” on a par with classic films like The Shining (1980), Blade Runner (1982) or Kill Bill (2003). Many people point out that previous criticism stemmed from The Craft’s post-era filmmaking style, ideas and messages that went beyond the stereotypes of the 1990s. names like Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and still valid to this day.
Keeping that spirit, Jason Blum made the post-story The Craft: Legacy and added new era colors. The film not only has a closer content, but also a close issue of young people with a scary, scary style, sticking to the original version. This cast is also real names such as David Duchovny, Michelle Monaghan and Cailee Spaeny. At the same time, the work also emphasizes diversity when choosing female director Zoe Lister-Jones or having Zoey Luna as a transgender actress.
The creepy story of modern witchcraft
Witch movies are always tinged with mysterious colors. The Craft: Legacy is no exception. This movie will start when Hannah (Cailee Spaeny) moves to a new school. She is constantly teased and bullied by male friends. The trio of Frankie (Gideon Adlon), Tabby (Lovie Simone) and Lourdes (Zoey Luna) enroll Hannah as the fourth member of the Wizarding Guild. From here, the group began to practice powerful spells. However, because of the passion for power, they unknowingly cause horrifying events as well as awaken a mysterious entity.
With diverse experiences in horror genres, from bloody movies like The Purge to haunts like Insidious, Jason Blum will definitely turn The Craft: Legacy into an unforgettable horror experience for the audience. The film is not only encapsulated in horrifying nightmares but is full of mystical and magical nature thanks to the presence of the director of The Witch’s image (2015), Andrea Kristof.
The film about young girls entering adulthood
It can be said that Jason Blum is one of the brave and progressive thinkers. He is not afraid to dwell on sensitive topics or condemn social injustice. His horror films are not only creepy, but also profound with many layers of meaning. Get Out (2017) and Us (2019) are the voices of people of color because of the heavy racism in the heart of the United States, Split exploits the images of people who have suffered physical and mental injuries by themselves. Child abuse, The Invisible Man is a story of malicious masculinity and women’s resignation to domestic violence.
With The Craft: Legacy, Blumhouse continues to exploit the story of girls entering adulthood and facing challenges beyond their own. Douglas Wick – the former producer of The Craft – was invited to return to help with the new film. He shared: “Making The Craft is always a huge challenge. Many years ago, I made this work because I just wanted to make movies about girls entering adulthood. Then I read an old myth about giving women the power and then fearing they will become witches. That’s why I started to realize this idea. ”
Indeed, The Craft was a rare movie in the 1990s that took women into the main characters and gave them strength. Young girls can do everything they like and freely decide their future but are also responsible for their actions. This profound meaning inspired Katy Perry’s cult MV Dark Horse (2013) and continues to be the centerpiece of the upcoming The Craft: Legacy.
The Craft: Legacy (Tua Viet: The Witch of School) opened in theaters nationwide on October 30, 2020.