Entertainment The Craft: Legacy star Cailee Spaeny had a creepy on-set experience
'The Craft: Legacy', sequel to the 90s cult classic, set for UK cinema release this Halloween
Watch: The first The Craft: Legacy trailer The Craft: Legacy, a ‘continuation’ of 1996’s teen horror The Craft, is coming to UK cinemas on 28 October. The sequel had been in development for several years and was filmed in October last year, but very little was known about when it might come out. But now, in surprise news, Sony Pictures has fast-tracked the film’s release in time for Halloween. The original – which starred Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk – followed a group of teenage high school outcasts who form a coven of witches. Despite mixed reviews, it was a modest hit and has since gone on to become a cult classic.
– the reboot/revival/remake/let's just go with spiritual successor – is coming out this week, aiming to provide some spooky thrills much like the original did in the 1990s.
And it turns out that the cast had quite the unnerving experience on the set of the film, which is to be expected when you film in a 19th century hospital where hundreds of people had died.
One of the film's stars, Cailee Spaeny, toldabout the weirdness she encountered while filming. And don't worry about that chill in the air. It's fine, we promise...
The Craft: Legacy star Cailee Spaeny had a creepy on-set experience
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"I remember walking in on my first day and this weight on my chest suddenly hit me," she said. "And I'm really not into this kind of stuff, but I felt it right away. It wasn't scary or anything, but I felt the need to cry. I just felt like there was a lot of sadness.
"All of the women on set felt it, and none of the men did, which I found interesting.
"I left my phone to go do a take and when I came back and looked at my camera roll. There was this perfect symmetrical circle orb, like a purple-y blue orb. It was black all around, and there was a perfect black circle in the middle of this purple orb. I still have it.
"So we had one witch on set, who would guide us through the movie... She would make sure we weren't calling upon things that we shouldn't be calling upon and that we were all safe. But I asked her about the orb, and she's like, 'This is a very common thing for a spirit to move through technology and phones. This happens a lot. It hears our energies and soundwaves...'
Review: With high sorcery, 'The Craft: Legacy' casts a spell
More than a few Halloweens ago — two dozen to be exact — came a film that looked like a treat but ended up as a trick. “The Craft” was about four teenage witches who eventually turned their powers against each other and lost everything, leaving the film with a conventional, conservative message: Don’t unleash your power. It was deflating. Now comes — well, its not entirely clear. A reboot? A sequel? A continuation and a re-imagining? It doesn't“The Craft” was about four teenage witches who eventually turned their powers against each other and lost everything, leaving the film with a conventional, conservative message: Don’t unleash your power. It was deflating.
"When the witch came by the next day, she then talked to all the spirits. Apparently, they were just really confused by how many people were in the house, and they had never really experienced that.
"There's just one single guy that lives there usually, and she just told them, 'You don't need to worry.'
"Then, she poured salt around the perimeter of the house, and it was much better the next day we were filming."
The Craft: Legacy, which also starsstar David Duchovny, isn't necessarily a sequel but the producers have promised that there will be .
The Craft: Legacy is due for release on October 28 and is being released in cinemas in the UK and on video on demand in the US.
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The Craft: Legacy .
The Craft was a hit when it was released in 1996 and it gained a cult following, so it's surprising that it's taken 24 years for a sequel to be released. For fans of the original, the beginning of The Craft: Legacy may sound a little familiar. Three high school teenagers – Frankie (Gideon Adlon), Lourdes (Zoey Luna), and Tabby (Lovie Simone) – are practising witchcraft and realise their spell is never going to work without a fourth member. Enter Lily (Cailee Spaeny), who moves to town with her therapist mother Helen (Michelle Monaghan) to live with Helen’s boyfriend Adam (David Duchovny) and his three sons.