There’s no reason a long lead sequel to The Craft couldn’t work. The 1996 teen witch supernatural thriller is a cult classic for a reason, and of all the goth/horror cinema that came out in the mid-’90s, its cultural footprint only lags behind Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) and Alex Proyas’ The Crow (1994). The TV series Charmed (1998 – 2006), which was also rebooted recently, only exists because The Craft found an audience, which is to say there is definitely a demographic out there who will show up for magical modern tales of young women harnessing their power in the face of patriarchal oppression.
They probably shouldn’t show up for The Craft: Legacy, which takes some truly interesting ideas and a decent cast only to lumber them with amateurish direction from second-time feature helmer Zoe Lister-Jones, Band Aid (2017), who is also responsible for the timid script. Legacy frustrates because it’s almost good, and while a genuinely bad movie is easy to dismiss, one which is off by a few small but crucial degrees is as annoying as a mosquito bite or razor rash.