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10 things you may not know about "The Craft"

"The Craft" will screen on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7 pm to 9:30 pm at The Landmark Cinemas Hillcrest. 
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Just in time for Halloween, FilmOut is presenting the time-honored and seasonal classic "The Craft" at the Landmark Theatre on the big screen in Hillcrest Wednesday, Oct. 17. 

Director Andrew Fleming was recently in San Diego for The LGBT Film Festival in which he attended the screening of his sleeper comedy hit "Ideal Home."

But 22 years ago audiences were under a different kind of spell with "The Craft," a horror film that explored the complicated relationships and mean girl tendencies of adolescents. The LGBT community embraced "The Craft" as it was not only a stylish eye-popping work of cinematic art, it also made outcasts of its main characters; people trying to fit in where others think they don't belong. 

Before you attend this week's screening check out these bits of trivia about the movie courtesy of IMDb:

1. A famous pop star was inspired by the film

The Katy Perry song 'Dark Horse', from her album 'Prism', is inspired by 'The Craft'.

2. One of the stars had to wear a wig throughout the movie

Robin Tunney wore an orange-blond wig throughout filming because she had shaved her head for her role in Empire Records (1995) which wrapped up filming only a month before production on this movie began.

3. One of the stars actually practiced witchcraft 

Actress Fairuza Balk is actually a Wiccan in real life. Balk was also able to help the makers of the movie keep the storyline as realistic as they could, and was able to give them Wicca contacts to help them in areas she couldn't.

4. The bugs and other creepy-crawlies were real

One scene involved using over 3,000 snakes including pythons, boas, water snakes, garter snakes, rat snakes, and a 10-foot Amazon constrictor - even rare albino snakes.

5. The ages of the characters were different than the stars

All of the "teen" actresses were in their 20s at the time of filming. Rachel True was almost 30 years old.

6. The trick behind Nancy's demise

The shots of Nancy being covered in bugs were created by wrapping a life-cast of Fairuza Balk's head and torso in green screen material. The bugs were filmed crawling all over the casting and then digitally composited on top of a live action plate of Balk.

7) Not all the stars started out in their respective roles

Robin Tunney initially wanted to play Bonnie. When Robin was finally cast as Sarah Bailey, director Andrew Fleming eventually cast Neve Campbell as Bonnie after seeing Neve in the TV series Party of Five (1994).

8. Was this film appropriated by "Charmed" creators? 

In 2017, Andrew Fleming stated that Charmed (1998) actually ripped off this film. Fleming revealed he actually wrote a pilot based on the movie for Fox which The WB was also strongly interested, and that it was his idea to have "How Soon Is Now" as title theme. The pilot was not picked up and the following year, "Charmed" premiered. Furthermore, Robin Tunney stated the rip off was "completely obvious to the point that people would think I was on 'Charmed' for years after."

9. The director wanted a more accessible move rating 

Andrew Fleming states in the DVD commentary that a PG-13 rating was sought. They followed all of the guidelines to earn that rating, but in the final outcome the film was rated R because the film dealt with teenage girls using witchcraft.

10. Rare, new camera technology was used for the film

One of the first films to use Kodak's EXR 200T 5287 film stock. Cinematographer Alexander Gruszynski had been planning to use it sparingly, but liked it so much during tests that he decided to shoot most of the film with it.

"The Craft" will screen on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7 pm to 9:30 pm at The Landmark Cinemas Hillcrest. 

Get your tickets HERE.

The Landmark Cinemas Hillcrest is located at 3965 5th Ave, San Diego, CA, 92103