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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What’s actually happening in The Witch is nothing less momentous than a first-time filmmaker successfully crafting a classic. The talent on display in Eggers’s debut is staggering, even if its deployment is often very subtle.
One of the most intelligent American horror films of recent years… The film is skillfully wrought and imaginatively conceived. Shot in remote Ontario, the movie is superbly designed, impressively researched and extremely well written, drawing much of its dialogue from 17th-century diaries, letters and prayer manuals. Suspense is largely a matter of premonition.
This is one intense and atmospheric horror film that really builds on the tension with its masterful filmmaking. Beautiful production design and an immense attention to historical detail transcend this film to a whole other level and will stick with you long after you've seen it. Anya Taylor Joy is an absolute powerhouse in this film. The music and sounds will send chills down your spine.
(3.5). I would have preferred longer shots and a different approach to the occult, mainly the devil offering knowledge instead of luxuries, how to survive in the forest, the secrets of death, literacy.
"While the film may not ultimately be for everyone, it is an undeniably unique cinematic experience that feels authentically archaic in its superstitions, yet modern in its grim implications about oppression, misogyny, and the bitter fruits borne of distrust." - Den of Geek. To this, I would specify "religious zeal" as the specific forms of oppression and misogyny.
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
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!