Take-Home Horror: The Craft (1996)
It is the last day of Women in Horror Month, and I can’t let this year’s celebration go by without talking about The Craft (Andrew Fleming, 1996). As The Craft is easily one of my favorite films ever, I have it on Blu-ray and the Blu-ray includes the following special features:
- Feature Film Commentary with Director Andrew Fleming
This commentary is very informative, I love listening to it. Fleming talks about the production of the movie and how they achieved certain effects (like Sarah’s changing hair color and things like that). Fleming also explains how the Wiccan faith came into play in the movie, for example, as Wicca is a Pagan/earth-based religion, they made sure at least one of the four elements was in every shot. I found that to be so interesting and this commentary has turned out to be useful as I write my thesis paper for school.
- Conjuring The Craft Featurette
This is a behind-the-scenes featurette with interviews from the cast and crew. They cover how writers Peter Filardi and Andrew Fleming came up with the story and how they brought it to life on film. The featurette also covers how they found the cast and what each actor brought to their role. One of the most interesting parts of the featurette is when they talk about their hired Pagan consultant, who is a practicing witch, to bring as much accuracy as possible to the film, at least in terms of witchcraft.
- The Original Behind-the-Scenes of The Craft Featurette
This featurette is a more produced version of Conjuring The Craft with more scenes form the movie added in and the cheesy movie-announcer-voice-man doing a voiceover, giving the most watered-down overview of the plot ever. Plus, it was way shorter than the previous featurette.
- Deleted Scenes (with optional director commentary)
There aren’t many deleted scenes, but most of them are long scenes, which is interesting. I watched all the them twice, once without the commentary and once with the director commentary. I love when deleted scenes have the commentary option, because then you get information on what the original purpose of the scene was and why it hit the cutting room floor.
Overall, I think it’s worth the Blu-ray, if you want the extra quality in film. I believe the regular DVD version only comes in “Special Edition” which has all the same special features listed above. So, if you tend to not care whether you have the Blu-ray or not, you can grab the DVD version and still get all the awesome stuff! I’ll leave an affiliate link to the Blu-ray version of The Craft below: