Top positive review
“You know how to use candles?” [Lirio],
17 May 2016
In this 1996 dark supernatural drama, troubled teenager Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) moves Los Angeles with her father and stepmother where she befriends three outcast girls who are rumoured to be witches; Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Nancy (Fairuza Balk) and Rochelle (Rachel True). When Sarah is chased by a vagrant and he is hit by a car, the girls believe that Sarah has powers and will complete their coven, making them all-powerful. But when each becomes traumatised, they realise that they actually do have powers, but can they control their angst?
Fans of ‘Charmed’ will instantly recognise this as the catalyst for the Tv show, complete with the Tv theme tune, a ‘Piper’ trial character and the ‘power of three’ [actually repeating a refrain thrice], this also may also have inspired the ‘Wiccan’ magic shop in ‘Buffy’. But it’s Fairuza Balk who steals the show as the one that ‘wants to play’ showing little remorse for her actions. Well acted, nice filming, a good soundtrack, a credible ‘fantasy’ story and some good effects, this really picks up the ‘dark-side’ in the final third.
The single disc offers play, scene selection, subtitles [English, German, French, Dutch, Arabic, Czech, Danish], special features [trailer, featurette, deleted scenes, directors commentary, talent profiles] and Languages & audio set-up [English, French, German, Isolated Music soundtrack]. Rated 15, this has swearing, scenes of attempted suicide, self harm, verbal abuse, domestic strife, attempted rape and general sense of trauma in some scenes. The moral is simple, be careful what you wish for and beware the consequences.