Sarah (Robin Tunney) has just moved to L.A. and started a new school. Feeling alienated by her new surroundings she takes up with Nancy, Bonnie and Rochelle, who have distinctive black lipstick and nails. It transpires that they have recently been dabbling in the occult, and with Sarah their union becomes more powerful. As they learn witchcraft, they become powerful enough to punish their enemies at school and make their dreams come true. The soundtrack features songs from Elastica, Portishead and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
If Buffy the Vampire Slayer
represents the lighter side of high school as a macabre experience, here's a movie that asks the burning question, "What happens when angst-ridden teenagers develop supernatural powers?" More to the point, how do four outcast teenaged witches handle their ability to cast wicked spells on the taunting classmates who've nicknamed them "The Bitches of Eastwick"? The answer, of course, is "don't get mad, get even." That's about all there is to this terminally silly movie, which makes up for its ludicrous plot by letting its young female cast have a field day as they indulge their dark fantasies. Fairuza Balk is enjoyable as the most wicked of the witches, and is therefore the focus of the film's most dazzling special effects. But it's Neve Campbell from television's Party of Five
who made this film a modest box-office hit, just before she became her generation's fright-movie favorite in Scream and its popular sequel. --Jeff Shannon
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