I must admit, I needed to brush up on my list of villains. My first choice was Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, but I knew I had a more suited choice in mind. Love Michelle, but went for adorable Fairuza.
Oh yes, for those of you who haven’t seen The Craft yet, spoilers alert is on.
Who is Nancy Downs?
Nancy Downs (Fairuza Balk) is a high-school outcast with a truly dark side. She forms a coven with her two unpopular friends, Rochelle (Rachel True) and Bonnie (Neve Campbell). Later on, joins Sarah (Robin Tunney), the new girl in school (also a natural witch) who’s soon rejected for false rumors of having sex with cool dude Chris.
Back to Nancy.
Nancy comes from mid-class poverty. She lives in a decaying caravan with her over the edge mom, Grace, and abusive step-father, Ray.
Nancy escapes to witchcraft and worships a powerful god named Manon. She embraces a gothic look and dark make-up, that perfectly accentuates her piercing blue eyes and makes her look like a badass occultist.
Needless to say, Nancy’s style is quite exceptional and she’s being ridiculed daily by her high-school peers. But… their hatred rather feeds her and induces an extremely vengeful nature, and she lusts for more power.
After an invocation of the spirits and calling the corners spell is completed, Nancy’s struck by lightning while the other three girls fall unconscious, only to wake-up and see their friend is walking on water, and that’s when things go south. Nancy adopts her new power to cause some serious damage to those who wronged her before, including Chris, who apparently has a rich resume of spreading false rumors on girls.
When Sarah starts to show disapproving signs of Nancy’s behavior, she immediately becomes a target. Nancy harasses her and invades her dreams. She even makes Sarah believe her parents died in a plane crash.
It’s a battle of forces between evil bitch Nancy and natural witch Sarah, and Ms. Downs ends up with a severe case of insanity.
I had a very long obsession with The Craft which I think only came to an end not too long ago. I’m a huge fan of Fairuza Balk, who is definitely the best choice for the role. She’s forever Nancy.
The Craft became my 90’s favorite for its awesome soundtrack too. Songs like Tomorrow Never Knows, How Soon is Now, and the Witches Song followed me all through my teens and made me endorse an attitude, followed by appropriate outfits, highly inspired by my dear Nancy.