We may be past the Oct. 31 witching hour, but “The Craft: Legacy” is still casting a spell on streaming viewers across the country.
The sequel-of-sorts to the groundbreaking 1996 teen thriller “The Craft” bowed last weekend from writer-director Zoe Lister-Jones, and brought a modern (or “woke,” to use the completely oversaturated moniker from nearly every review of the film) new tribe of young witches to the fold.
Lister-Jones, director of the 2017 Sundance darling “Band Aid,” was entrusted with the project by Blumhouse and Sony Pictures. The director said she came on board with deep reverence for the original, but a strong desire to send love and positivity to a generation of young people rocked by the political climate. Variety spoke to Lister-Jones about taboos, trans representation, and bringing beauty and fun to cinema’s depictions of witchcraft.