New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another.
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While I do believe in the occult, Eggers' debut has some of its dark atmosphere with the unsettling music fitting in perfect & a little cast giving out some pretty strong performances (including Taylor-Joy) (plus the strange ending) all enough to make you think of the worst yet to come in that world. The spookiest film of the decade I've ever seen! 0_0
Although based on actual Puritan folklore, Eggers witch, at least on screen, ends up being a total bore. We've seen this exact witch throughout American pop culture: the old hag who can turn into a seductress in a second, who can fly into the night. While I get Eggers boner for historical accuracy, the hag just kind of feels like a Disney villain. All said, the movie's a great *family* drama on being a Puritan!
What's scarier? A pack of desperate zealots who'll do anything to survive, or supernatural forces hell-bent on their destruction? Shot in Kiosk, Ontario, Eggers' disquieting debut is an intelligent, atmospheric and authentic period horror saga. If you love the genre, see it.
The VVitch is vague enough about everything that it tries to be about so that it might be taken for something it's not (if that makes sense). It vvants to be smarter than it is, it's not. It vvants to be darker than it is, it's not. It vvants its images to be striking, they're not. It vvants so hard to be different, it is, but not for any reason that makes it a better (horror) film.
Absolute garbage- the acting is amateurish, the tone is confused, the characters non existent, and the whole feel is pretentious and smug. It was not very good and I couldn't help but get angry that it got the reception it got. To put it simply, it's an overrated mess.
Without gratuitous gore or jump scares, "The Witch" is the kind of horror film that I actually enjoy: it felt unholy, transgressive and oh so beautifully macabre. It remains ambiguous wether Thomasin had actually something inherently demoniac about her or if everything was caused by her family's alienation and religious beliefs. Anyway, this was pretty amazing!
When a puritanical family is more frightful than a black goat possessed by evil. Despite the visceral and dreadful tone, 'The Witch' is pretty graceful in the representation of its imagery, from the beautiful colour pallete of the settings to the extraordinary cast - those twins are annoying as hell!
A visceral, slow burn horror that plays on fanaticism and the fear of the unknown. The Witch perfectly illustrates the over-eager finger pointing for any failures that existed in the middle ages and shows us a world yet to accept the notion of chaos and disorder in the universe. 3.5 stars