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Nearly two decades since its release, there are faint early murmurings that the 1996 teen supernatural thriller "The Craft" could be getting a remake.
Dread Central (via Empire) reports that a major market research company recently got in contact with one of their sources and asked them about their interest in a remake of the property. Specifically they were asked how likely would the be to "see a reboot of The Craft in a theatre if it was released" along with several questions about how familiar they were with the film and how it compares to similar films.
Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True starred in the original about a quartet of teenage girl outsiders who dabbled with black magic and end up suffering the consequences. It ended up being a cult hit and pretty much inspired The WB network to cash in on the craze with the »
- Garth Franklin
A bit of market research suggests that 1996's The Craft is in line for the reboot treatment...
Andrew Fleming's 1996 movie The Craft was a small hit on its original release, but it's endured far better than many of its contemporaries. The movie, which starred Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Skeet Ulrich, told of a group of teenage girls who practice witchcraft. Their choice to do so inevitably has some consequences.
It seems strange - and not unwelcome - that a successful and economic film such as The Craft wouldn't get any kind of sequel treatment, but that's how things have played out. There were plans at one stage for a straight to DVD sequel, but the project was eventually abandoned.
However, could a remake now be on the cards instead?
The story here has come from Dread Central, specifically one of its readers who took part in a research panel. »
Here's an intriguing one. A reader at Dread Central who partakes in online surveys has revealed that he was recently asked about his interest in a reboot of the 1996 teen horror The Craft. The origin of the question itself is unclear, and there might be any number of reasons for a market research company to ask it. But it also seems an oddly specific enquiry if some sort of new version isn't in development somewhere.Columbia Pictures' The Craft, should you have missed it 18 years ago, revolved around a quartet of teenage girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney and Rachel True) dabbling with witchcraft and predictably getting in over their heads. It was not at all bad, and could feasibly have spawned sequels at the time, had not the TV series Charmed come along a couple of years later to somewhat steal its thunder. Charmed's opening credits theme, »
The crew aboard the medical rescue spaceship Nightingale 9 roams the outer limits of deep space, keeping an ear tuned to the void around them for cries of help. When one such signal finds them, they rescue a mysterious man and his intriguing relic. The crew’s kindness could be their downfall, however, as their new guest has hellish plans to fulfill in Supernova, coming soon to Blu-ray via Scream Factory.
Press Release - “In the farthest reaches of space, something has been waiting…
Scream Factory has announced the release of sci-fi thriller Supernova on January 13, 2015. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this release comes complete with bonus content, featuring The Making of Supernova¸ with new interviews with actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, producer Daniel Chuba and filmmaker Jack Sholder.
Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy…life as we know it is about to end! »
- Derek Anderson
While this one might seem odd to some of you fright fanatics, I for one, am completely excited to see Scream Factory’s upcoming Bluray of 2000’s Supernova. The James Spader-led sic-fi/horror film was notorious for it’s reshoots/editing, and it’s a mystery whether Walter Hill or Jack Sholder really directed the film (after forced reshoots, Hill disowned the film and used the pseudonym “Thomas Lee”), but with all of that being said, it’s always been quite the entertaining genre film, and the gang at Sf are giving the brand new Bluray to fans on January 13th. No word on whether the PG-13 or the R-rated version will be on the disc, but as soon as we know, you will!
- Jerry Smith
In 1996, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney and Rachel True brought witchcraft to high school in the teen horror flick, "The Craft."With Halloween around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun facts about our favorite fright flicks. Let's get to it! 1. Tunney wore an orange-blonde wig throughout filming because she had shaved her head for her role in "Empire Records," which wrapped up filming only a month before production of "The Craft" began. 2. Balk is a Wiccan in real life, and she even owns a pagan store -- the same one she frequented to do research for her role as Nancy. 3. Several creepy interruptions disrupted the filming of the infamous invocation scene. A colony of bats descended on the group and massive waves rolled onto the beach and extinguished the burning candles. Also, when Nancy was calling for the spirit to "fill her," the power went out. »
- tooFab Staff
It’s hard to nail down the personification of the ultimate evil. The Prince of Darkness deserves to be more than just a cackling, dark figure in the background or an over-the-top sleaze. This is an angel who has been cast out of Heaven and carries a major grudge. Neglecting the depth of his pain or not seizing the opportunity to have a little fun in the exercise of his machinations is always a problem, with no discernible representation able to strike a perfect balance yet. The best contemporary performances on film leave something to the imagination and twist our perception of the iconic role just enough to make it seem fresh or threatening. What follows is a list of cinematic Satans that have made an indelible impression, ranked from worst to best.
Byrne is a talented actor »
- Lane Scarberry
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: James Cullen Bressack
Cast: James Brooks (Michael), Shannen Doherty (Cate), Zack Ward (Will), Christopher Lloyd (Mayor Akerman), Ciara Hanna (Nicole), Yar Koosha (Kyle), Fred Stoller (Rich), Rachel True (Marcy), Jeremy Wade (Lamprey Expert)
I’m a huge “Piranha” fan, and I’ll watch anything (anything that is!) pertaining to lake horror. Hockey masked killers, prehistoric monsters, government altered mutated fish, toxic waste mutated marine life and even zombies, are all enhanced when set at a lake. It’s in a more confined space than the ocean, there’s usually plenty of expendable characters getting their vacation on to up the body count, and it makes one think twice that fresh water is absolutely, positively safe.
“Blood Lake” is an Asylum film that deals with something that is creepy enough as »
As if we weren’t excited enough about Scream Factory‘s upcoming lineup of titles making their Bluray debuts, the gang at Sf have decided to make horror fans’ mouths water even more, with a handful of announcements regarding even More upcoming titles set to be unleashed in the near future. Not only do we get an update on the final release date on Sf’s Vault Of Horror/Tales From The Crypt double feature, but it’s official that Voh will be the uncut version!
Personally, I’m a fan of most of the films in the announcements, so obviously I’ll be jumping at them when they hit. The amount of times I watched Once Bitten as a kid is in the triple digit amount, so the announcement of the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double is enough to make me smile from ear to ear. I »
- Jerry Smith
With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.
David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.
When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.
Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »
- Heather Wixson
It's still many months away, but the 2015 Texas Frightmare Weekend is already heating up with an impressive guest list. Next year marks Tfw's 10th anniversary, and they're pulling all the stops. This latest announcement is the biggest yet!
Neve Campbell, famous for her role as Sidney Prescott in the Scream films, will be making her first appearance ever at a convention at next year's Texas Frightmare Weekend. As is the Tfw tradition, she'll be available all weekend long for autographs, photos, and panels.
The actress, known also for The Craft and "Party of Five" (which was horror if only because it contained Scott Wolf... who is horrific) has never done a con before so this is your first shot to meet her in person!
- Mr. Dark
There were so many overtly stupid things you could call out from last night's Sharknado sequel, Sharnado 2: The Second One. But youv'e got to hand it to the creators for making a somewhat-watchable parody sequel to a film that was a parody in the first place — ooh, levels! One of the ways Sharknado 2 stayed decent was by constantly surprising you with a stream of cameos. From Airplane!'s Robert Hays to Subway's Jared Fogel, Sharknado ran the lowbrow gamut. Here's who we caught (and whether or not they lived):Kelly Osbourne Status: She knew it was coming. Robert Hays from Airplane! ... And Rachel True from The Craft Status: Both dead. Star Trek: The Next Generation child star Wil Wheaton Status: R.I.P. Comedian and famous Twitterer Kelly Oxford Status: Yes. She died. Andy Dick Status: Alive and incompetent. The Naked Cowboy Status: Not in the movie long enough to die, »
- Lindsey Weber
La Curbed Character actress extraordinaire Agnes Moorehead's was apparently a wealthy gal. Her former home is going for $19 million. Whoa!
Empire new stills from The Imitation Game which I'm hearing very positive buzz on
HuffPo remembers Batman (1989) with pictures from the original premiere. Such a blast from the past. Remember when Robert Downey Jr and Sarah Jessica Parker were a couple!? Glenn Close looks so young. Anybody know the unnamed woman with Tim Burton?
In Contention Kris Tapley also paid tribute to the film which he says he owes... a lot
/Film Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience (2009) is becoming a TV series. Lodge Kerrigan who made the disturbing indie Clean, Shaven (1993) and the actress Amy Seimetz are writing and directing.
Vf Hollywood Katey Rich on Gary Oldman »
- NATHANIEL R
Warner Bros. Pictures
Hugh Jackman recently posted pictures of himself and his new bald head online. The actor’s new streamlined look is so he can play the part of Blackbeard in the upcoming Pan film, and while a male Hollywood superstar shearing it all off for a role is certainly noteworthy news, for a female lead to take the same step is an altogether more striking affair.
Actresses in the past, such as Cameron Diaz in My Sister’s Keeper, have usually preferred to don a skull cap instead of taking it all off for the cameras. So the decision by some of Hollywood’s leading ladies to lose their locks really shows a dedication to the role.
With some of the most glamorous girls in Hollywood losing it up top, it makes you think that the short-back-and-sides look might not just be for the guys. The following list »
- Sean ONeil
What makes a classic? Sarah digs into the ‘90s teen genre to find the difference between an iconic movie and a forgotten one...
The 90s revival can’t be ignored any longer. The nostalgia is in full bloom right now: walk down the high street and you’ll see 90s-inspired crop tops and stonewashed denim in every shop window, while current cool kids Iggy Azalea and Charli Xcx (neither of whom were old enough to see the film at the time) have paid slavish tribute to Clueless in the video for their current single Fancy. We’ve already pillaged the ‘80s for all they were worth and now, apparently, it’s time to start excavating the 90s. No matter how old that makes us feel.
If there’s one film genre that screams “90s”, it’s the teen movie. The decade was a kind of golden age for the »
Tony Genaro, a veteran character actor who is perhaps best known for playing the cattle rancher Miguel in the Kevin Bacon cult classic Tremors and its second sequel, has died. He was 72. Genaro died May 7 of natural causes at his Hollywood home, his daughter Zhanara told The Hollywood Reporter. A native of Gallup, N.M., Genaro’s first big break came with a role as store owner Nick Rael in Robert Redford’s American Southwest-set The Milagro Beanfield War (1988). In the supernatural teen film The Craft (1996), Genaro played the bus driver who drops off the four girls
- Mike Barnes
With Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s All Cheerleaders Die arriving on VOD this week, I thought this would be the perfect time to celebrate some of my very favorite “mean girls” of the horror genre. And while I do love our beloved heroines as much as the next genre fan, there’s just something really fun about watching powerful women flaunt their cruelty and penchant for torturing others every now and again.
Check out my Favorite Mean Girls of Horror picks below and see if any of your favorite vengeful vixens made the list! Caution: Some of these may be a bit spoilery for the uninitiated!
- Heather Wixson
[Amir, our Canadian correspondent, is reporting on The Hot Docs Film Festival which wrapped Sunday. Reviews will continue this week.]
In the history of cinema, there are few genres that receive as little acclaim or critical analysis as the high school film does. British critic Charlie Lyne's (of Ultra Culture blog fame) visual essay is therefore a treasure for enthusiasts of recent film history. In Beyond Clueless, he examines teenage characters in a wide variety of films produced between 1996 and 2004. Little of the titular film is shown, though its influence over the films that came after it looms large. From The Craft to Mean Girls, from The Faculty to Rules of Attraction, via Spider-man, Final Destination and everything in between, the high school student is analyzed through the tumultuous process of entering that period of adolescence and exiting it unscathed and transformed.
Beyond Clueless itself takes on the narrative arc of a teen movie. Divided in five chapters that are designed to embody the high school experience, it begins »
- Amir S.
This week marks the 18th anniversary of The Craft, aka the teen movie that suddenly took movie witchcraft from Teen Witch cuteness to very, very scary territory. While The Craft was creepy, it also left a lasting impression on our preteen and teen years, thanks to its '90s cast, which included Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, and Rachel True; its iconic fashion looks; and, of course, the sheer madness of Nancy, played to perfection by Fairuza Balk. Keep reading for all the reasons we fell in love with The Craft and can't help but still get scared of it after all these years. Source: Columbia Pictures »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
The good ol’ horror-loving folks at Scream! Factory recently gave us a double dose of hospital-themed terror in high definition with their Bad Dreams/Visiting Hours Blu-ray, which features the two cult classics as well as a handful of new bonus features. Par for the course, Scream’s presentation of the material is yet another home run, making it a must-own for fans or even the uninitiated.
First up on the hospital horror double feature is Bad Dreams, which follows a young woman named Cynthia (Jennifer Rubin) who awakens from a 13-year coma the sole survivor of a religious cult that burned together in a suicide pact orchestrated by an enigmatic leader named Harris (Richard Lynch). Harris believed true spiritual unity awaited his followers if they all died together, but of course with Cynthia surviving, that leaves her leader with some unfinished business. Soon, the young woman begins to fear »
- Heather Wixson
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