Review

The Witch (stylized as The VVitch) is a 2015 horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers. The plot follows a 17th century Puritan family encountering forces of evil in the woods beyond their New England farm. According to reviewer, Alex Savage:

“If you’re looking for a lot of jump scares and gore, this isn’t the movie for you. It’s a slow burn and an exercise in suspenseful movie making. The film makers did their homework and based their story on real folklore and legends and did a beautiful job of challenging what makes people come together and fall apart. It’s a good lesson of the pitfalls of absolute, ignorant religion. There are things that go bump in the night and just because you don’t believe in the Devil doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in you. As an esoteric person, I appreciated that they did their Witchy homework and didn’t rely on cliches and Hollywood movie history. Genuinely disturbing on a very human level. It plays on the fundamental fear a family isolated in the wilderness would have and does it to perfection. I love movies that get you talking and simmer in the back burner of your mind.”

The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2015 and won the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category at the festival. The film was also selected to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on September 18, 2015. In the United States, The Witch was widely released on February 19, 2016.



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