11 horror movies given a second life by LGBTQ audiences

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7. The Covenant and The Craft

I’m combining these two films in one slide because I wanted to include them both and I feel like they’re basically gender-swapped versions of the same movie. The Covenant is a gothic supernatural horror film that looks like a heavy metal music video and The Craft is more psychological horror paralleling the trauma young girls go through during adolescence, but both films feature a group of same-sex witches forced to fight one of their own.

Released in 2006, The Covenant follows four male-witches (shouldn’t they be called warlocks?) pitted against a secret fifth witch (Sebastian Stan) who wants to absorb their powers. He becomes obsessed with the oldest of the group, Caleb (Steven Strait), even going as far as planting a wet kiss on him while hovering over his beaten body in a dimly lit bathroom.

There are almost no women in the film, minus two boring love interests, and the entire male cast looks like they just walked off a sexy calendar photo shoot. The whole thing is a guilty pleasure that lets audiences ogle handsome male actors as if they were women in a Joss Whedon movie.

They may not be as melodramatic in early 2000’s punk-rock attire as their warlock counterparts but the witches in The Craft are a dangerous bunch. Released in 1996, the film features a group of misfit girls who become witches until their spells begin displaying negative effects. The primary focus is the relationship between natural-born witch Sarah (Robin Tunney), and the group’s power-hungry leader Nancy (Fairuza Balk) who is driven to madness from her new powers.

The two girls display a friendly rivalry at the beginning that eventually dissolves into true jealous contention with Nancy showing a little too much interest in Sarah, going well past typical friendship boundaries.

There is a scene where Nancy takes revenge against a boy on Sarah’s behalf, transforming into the other in order to seduce and kill him. Critics have since interpreted this scene as Nancy’s desire to not only become Sarah but to have sex with her by proxy of sleeping with a boy she formerly desired.

I personally don’t recall ever seeing any romantic subtext between Nancy and Sarah, only jealousy, but it’s a cult favorite in the LGBTQ community all the same and considered a lesbian-themed classic. The Craft has a planned remake in the works from Blumhouse Productions starring Cailee Spaeny.