The internet (alright, the Facebook pages of girls and gays around the age of 30) got into a tizzy yesterday when an article in The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sony would remaking the 1996 film “The Craft.” But is it really that offensive an idea?
Remakes are annoying, yes, but the “cult horror” movie — which starred Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True as a quartet of wannabe witches — was not exactly cinematic brilliance, or an especially unique premise. It’s also been almost 20 years. Sony is bringing in a up-and-coming filmmaker in Leigh Janiak (is writing and directing the remake. It’s great to see a female filmmaker being given the task (the first was directed by Andrew Fleming) of helming a female centric story, and she comes with some considerable promise: Her 2014 breakthrough horror flick “Honeymoon” (which debuted at SXSW) was pretty awesome, and she could very well take “The Craft” in a whole new direction that stands alone from its predecessor. It’s a lot more promising than the scores of horror remakes that usually come our way.
The 1996 version will always be there, folks… And maybe now we’ll have a new version to love as well.