The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson. The film follows a Puritan family encountering forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm.
The Witch Review
Plot: In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelops a farmer (Ralph Ineson), his wife (Kate Dickie) and four of their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy (Ellie Grainger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson) suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty and love to one another.
“The Witch” feels at once sticky with tangible detail and numinous with suggestion. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Feb 22, 2016
The Witch is sparing in its use of special effects and generates suspense and foreboding through what is suggested rather than what is seen. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Feb 29, 2016
In the tradition of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist, this chilling low-budget horror movie taps into the same temporal fear that sparks religious feeling. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Feb 29, 2016
A powerful example of minimalist horror film-making at its best, where less is definitely more and mood proves itself infinitely more unsettling and unnerving than visual effects. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, May 14, 2016
The Witch was regarded as the best horror movie of the last few years. The Witch works because it doesn’t care what you are afraid of, it cares what terrifies these 17th century dingbats. And while the witch of The Witch has all the hallmarks of horror villainy, her moves against the family begin to feel less like torments and more like a referendum on their hypocrisy.
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