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Tacky schoolgirl supernatural yarn that doesn't know what it wants to be
on 26 June 2007
This movie is bad in so many ways it's hard to pinpoint just one reason I didn't like it. The central plot of girls with supernatural powers coming together to fight evil is not new, but we see it being done all the time with more panache than this.
The first scene is an admittedly, eerie pseudo-religious horror piece with the young girl being taken by demons, much to the horror of Father Ron Perlman. The school is closed, but opened mysteriously as a centre for troubled girls. The girls come together and the evil is reawakened. The girls must work together despite being VASTLY different in order to survive the demonic terrors.
So much of this movie makes no sense. First of all, why are there only five pupils there? Are their parents completely inept?
Secondly, their powers. They all have special powers, which is why they are probably in the school, but it seems (apart from the healing powers) they are badly thought out and serve no purpose in the story. The girl who walks through walls does this only once and it makes no sense that she can't walk through doors.
The misuse of Ron Perlman was atrocious. His troubled priest seemed to be promising an epiphany moment when he would rally round and be the mentor the girls needed to defeat the demon. Instead, he is killed with very little screen time.
This movie was badly plotted and not thought out very well at all. Are the girls sexy examples of girl power? Or slasher fodder just waiting for their death scene? Both, neither... who cares? Avoid this movie and watch The Craft again if you want teenage witchcraft in Catholic schoolgirl uniforms.