Let's get one thing out of the way straight away: Blumhouse's The Craft: Legacy is not a good film.
A direct sequel to the classic 1996 supernatural horror The Craft, this bullish continuation of the story eschews the subtle, atmospheric, verisimilitude of the original for bland characters and flashy superpowers.
It's more Charmed or Supernatural than The Craft, but without the relatable, developed personalities to hold our interest.
Young Lily (Cailee Spaeny) relocates to a new town with her mum, Helen (Michelle Monaghan), who has decided to move in with her boyfriend, Adam (David Duchovny), and his three sons. The Brady Bunch, this isn't. Adam, an author and public speaker on the subject of "masculinity", is a bit of an arse... to put it mildly.
Due to an unfortunate incident on her first day of school, Lily is befriended by three girls - Lourdes (Zoey Luna), Frankie (Gideon Adlon), and Tabby (Lovie Simone).
These girls are practicing witches, but have been missing their essential "fourth" member, until they sense a power in Lily.
Almost immediately, the quartet start manifesting what are essentially superpowers and start messing around with their new-found abilities.
One of the first things they do is hex class bully, Timmy (Nicholas Galitzine), turning him into a sensitive young man that Lily finds herself drawn towards.
This then leads to tragedy and the fracturing of the group.
One of the major problems with The Craft: Legacy is that there's so much going on that very little of it actually has a chance to fully develop.
For instance, none of the main girls, except maybe Lily, has a memorably, distinct personality, and are ultimately separated purely by their appearance, which is a bit sad and crass (I didn't even know the characters' names until I turned to IMDB).
As the film races towards its conclusion, there's also the sudden appearance of a magical Big Bad that lacks any genuine foreshadowing.
But then the grand climactic confrontation is over in a moment, totally devoid of any real sense of drama.
Concepts and attitudes are thrown in during the last act that feel like they should have been mentioned earlier, and then they're undone almost as quickly.
Adam's sons turn out to be more interchangeable than the young witches, even though there's initially hints that the youngest, Abe (Julian Grey), might have some role to play in the larger story... but he soon gets forgotten.
Narratively, The Craft: Legacy is a jumbled mess, and you have to question who its target audience was supposed to be?
On one hand, it's clearly a product of the moment and aimed at a fresh, young audience, but on the other the all-important final revelatory scene will mean nothing to anyone who hasn't seen the original movie.
And that's the big reveal that's supposed to explain everything.
As you might have guessed, I was very disappointed with The Craft: Legacy.
It's a quarter of a century since The Craft blew our minds and this is the best sequel the creative minds at the Blumhouse horror factory could come up with to honour the 'legacy' of the first movie?
Although we eventually discover how it belatedly continues the story of the classic original, the genuine need to see this movie equates to the need to see Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 if you're a die-hard fan of The Blair Witch.
Ultimately, it's for completists and masochists only. Where the original stays burned in your mind, this effort is light-weight and instantly forgettable.
If you currently have no investment in the franchise, do yourself a favour and go and watch The Craft instead of this tepid sequel.
The Craft: Legacy is available from Sky Store in the UK, but, honestly, why would you?