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Movie Review: The Witch

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Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the suspect for witchcraft in Robert Eggers’ directorial debut The Witch

Finally! A horror film that is genuinely creepy!

During the 15th century, colonies have been setting up in America (notably Jamestown and Massachusetts). It has dealt with many issues, especially the presence of witchcraft.

In the 21st century, there are countless horror movies relying either on too much gore or cheap scares. The Witch, a big hit from last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is nothing but good ol’ fashioned horror.

Taking place 60 years before the Salem Witch Trials, William (Ralph Ineson) is the father of a Puritan family who decides to move to a remote farm in the New England wilderness. Along with his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie) and five children, they are living a peaceful life. That is until the eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy, who has a long career ahead of her), who is going through puberty, notices something odd. While keeping an eye on her newborn brother Samuel, he is abducted by a witch. The family begins to suspect one another as tensions begin to rise.

There are times in which The Witch is reminiscent to M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. However, what Robert Eggers–who won a Best Director Award at Sundance–does is craft a gorgeous, atmospheric picture about how a scary situation can affect a family and their religious views. You will notice the use of gray lighting and candle lighting that resembles the family’s grief. The Witch doesn’t move at a fast pace. As a matter of fact, it might test the patience for some viewers. For those who are up for something thoughtful and scary, you are in for a treat. Eggers’ directorial debut is something to behold.

4/4

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