The Craft came out back in 1996, during my freshman year of high school. It is very much a product of its time–mid-90s, post-grunge, teen horror with a soundtrack to match; a style template for all the weird girls (hi!) to latch onto and feel like we fit in somewhere. In my circle of high school friends*, this was prime sleepover viewing material.

*Not witches

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Sarah, a young woman with powers that are just beginning to awaken, begins her first day at a new high school where she meets a trio of wannabe witches–what the hell does Neve Campbell do nowadays?–that take her under their wing. The girls begin a tight friendship that intensifies as they get deeper into magick, casting spells on people and bending nature to their whims. The trouble begins with things get too scary and Sarah wants out…

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I love watching The Craft around Halloween. The film has a great fall, back-to-school quality about it, which I really dig, and makes it totally appropriate for this time of year. There isn’t anything Halloween-specific in it, but it’s got great atmosphere and it is a movie about witches, after all.

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My favorite thing about it, however, is that it stars Fairuza Balk. In my world she’s the unofficial Queen of Halloween and a pretty big girlcrush of mine. It’s those eyes, man. Those eyes. She can give you a look that will curdle your soul. She’s an actress that deserves a lot more credit and I wish she was in more movies.

She’s a lot like you…the dangerous type.

Cheesy montage alert.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff2uyr0To4Y

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What is 31 DVDs of Halloween?

As a spe­cial fea­ture for the Hal­loween Count­down, I’m show­cas­ing 31 Hal­loween DVDs from my per­sonal col­lec­tion. I have a lot of Halloween-related and hor­ror DVDs in gen­eral, but for this year’s count­down I’m only going to focus on my absolute favorites–the ones I con­sider 100% essen­tial for my enjoy­ment of the holiday.