Several odd and kind of creepy things disrupted the filming of this Invocation scene, in which the girls are using actual Wiccan invocations:
- A flock of bats descended on the group, extinguishing the candles.
- Several times while trying to begin the scene, waves suddenly rolled up the beach in full force.
- In one take, when Nancy says, “Manon, fill me,” the crew lost power.
Director Andrew Fleming hired Wicca consultant Pat Devin — High Priestess of Covenant of the Goddess — to help with the project and she had considerable influence on shaping details of the narrative. Devin made sure the spells would be common enough that they could be found in basic books on Wicca, and she even wrote some of the chants, consulting with her two Covens (even got permission from one of the High Priestesses for one).
“Manon” — the name of the spirit/deity — is not an actual Wiccan deity although there are Gods with similar-sounding names. Devin thought it best to use a fictional name so as to avoid offending the Wiccan community and prevent fans of the film from re-creating the Invocation scene, which (depending on what you believe) could be dangerous. The name Manon was supposedly inspired by this 1988 French film, Manon of the Spring.
Fairuza Balk — the actress who played mean and crazy Nancy — actually practices witchcraft (or at least she did around the time of production). Shortly after filming The Craft, she bought an occult shop. Since ‘96, Balk has been acting in indie movies, but is best known for her role in The Craft.
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