The Craft (1996)

The Craft (1996)
by Corin Wentworth

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When a new girl arrives at their school, a coven of misfit witches think she could be the one to complete their circle. Soon, they are tapping into an ancient magic that transforms their lives in wonderful ways. But absolute power corrupts absolutely…

REVIEW: High school sucks. While I’m certain there are a few popular, attractive people who find themselves bewildered by this statement (can you feel the waves of teenage angst and resentment rolling off me?), the majority of sane people who’ve survived it would agree: high school sucks. It is the battleground where one first test-drives their adult life, four years where ambition, romance, heartbreak, triumph, and humiliation are condensed into their purest, most savage forms. Everything feels like life or death. The average human will fart 730,000 times in their life – but if one of those times was in their 9th grade algebra class, chances are they will carry that embarrassment to the grave.

PS: Everyone heard it, and everyone knows it was you.

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The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
by Corin Wentworth

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When a freak paranormal encounter shatters the lives of a man and his wife, he tries to make sense of what happened. As he searches for answers, he finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into the eerie mystery of the Mothman. Now, strange things are happening in Point Pleasant… What does it all mean? Is it a warning?

REVIEW: The Mothman Prophecies doesn’t get a lot of mentions on many critics’ top-10 movie lists, and that’s always saddened me a little, because I happen to really love this movie. Directed by Mark Pellington — probably best-known for directing music videos for such bands as Pearl Jam, Public Enemy, U2, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, and Anthrax (the list goes on) — the hyper-stylized look of this film is very much like watching a feature-length music video. Visually, it’s stunning. Horror-wise, the scares in this movie are chilling and effective. But, if this quiet movie and all the alien horror it has to offer doesn’t quite do the job for you, this might: The Mothman Prophecies is based on true events.

True, freaky events.

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