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Neve Campbell reflects on her time playing Bonnie Harper in the 1996 film The Craft, recalling the time she spent 15 hours in a makeup chair.

craft Star Neve Campbell recalled 15 hours of makeup work for the 1996 film. Campbell played Bonnie Harper in The Craft, a friend of Nancy Downs (Ferruza Balk) and Rochelle Zimmerman (Rachel True). Bonnie, Rochelle and Nancy are ambitious witches, but Bonnie recruits Sarah Bailey (Robin Tunney) to join their coven. Bonnie starts out as a timid outcast before she and her friends indulge in witchcraft.

One of the reasons for Bonnie’s insecurities is the severe bruises on her back and shoulders. Despite her doctor performing experimental procedures on her, Bonnie recovers herself using a spell. While this alters her physical appearance, it makes her conceive, and in the end, she is trying to kill Sara. Near the end of the film, Sarah convinces Bonnie that her scar is back and has spread to half of her face using a spell on her and Rochelle. While the makeup in the scene was impressive, the most disturbing scene featuring Bonnie came earlier in the film when doctors penetrated her skin dozens of times with a sharp needle.

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25 years after The Craft hit theaters, Campbell is reflecting on her time playing Bonnie and the extensive makeup process she had to go through. Campbell explained Mad Monster Party Arizona That when she shot the hospital scene, she started her day at around 3 p.m. and spent 15 hours in a makeup chair as the cast was working on her back. Making fun of the iPad not working in the ’90s, Campbell explained that if he moved even the tiniest bit, the elaborate prosthetic would burst. See Campbell’s full comment when asked how he enjoyed starring as Bonnie craft below:

Ah, Bonnie. Great! We had fun in that film. Makeup was tough because you didn’t have special effects at the time so I literally, I think I went at 3 in the morning. You have a big back burn, and one day we shot what I think was like a 15-hour makeup job. And I was like, I had to sit in front of the makeup counter, and we didn’t have iPads. I couldn’t see anything! And I couldn’t move because if I stirred even a little the latex would burst and they would have to start all over again. So it was intense.

But Bonnie, yes, you know, a woman who is extremely insecure and has a lot of self-loathing and is looking for acceptance and love and you know how to go through that high school journey we all go through. Wanting to be loved, both want to be beautiful inside and use their magic to get there. It was fun. It was fun.

While audiences certainly took note of Campbell’s performance in The Craft, it was not until she starred in Wes Craven’s Scream as Sidney Prescott that same year that she gained worldwide recognition. Started giving Campbell has appeared in Every Scream movie from 1996 to 2022, but will not return as Sydney scream 6 on a contract dispute. Campbell is arguably most famous for the Scream franchise, yet The Craft is still a fan-favorite film in his filmography. Campbell successfully portrayed a shy and insecure teenager, which helped make The Craft one of the most unique coming-of-age films of the ’90s.

Bonnie’s body scarring played a huge role in her negative mindset, and it seems the process was a significant undertaking for the special effects department. 15 hours is a long time to take a scene that only lasts a few minutes, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive if it didn’t look real. Thankfully, the end result worked, and craftThe graphic view of is something Campbell is still talking about today.

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