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Synopsis:A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.
The Witch (2015) is an American-Canadian horror film that was written and directed by Robert Eggers (The Tell-Tale Heart (2008), Hansel and Gretel (2007)) who excelled all of my expectations. I loved the trailer and was anticipating seeing this movie, but I kept in mind that Robert does not have much experience in the directing seat so the film might not be all that - I was wrong. The movie was all that and more and is something that I would recommend to all horror fans to see because it is a story that should not be missed. The Witch is the best movie for 2016 so far, and it will be hard for any other horror movie to excel The Witch. There was tension from the beginning of the film that will grip you until the ending, and the tension will be felt after you finish viewing this movie because you will find yourself thinking about the movie. Maybe young adults should not see this film because it might make you think twice about having kids since it deals with the exploration of female suppression.
The Witch revolves around a Puritan family who started to encounter evil forces in the woods next to their New England farm in the 17th century. William ( Ralph Ineson - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)) is a deeply religious man. He leaves their home with his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie - Prometheus (2012), Red Road (2006), Filth (2013)), daughter Thomasin, son Caleb, and twins Mercy and Jonas because of a disagreement in religious beliefs. A few months later, we see Katherine giving birth to her fifth child whose name is Samuel. Samuel was kidnaped by a witch one day while Thomasin ( Anya Taylor-Joy - Viking Quest (2015), Atlantis (2013)) while Thomasin was playing peek-a-boo with him. The witch kills infants so that she can rub her body and broomstick with the infant’s blood to fly.
Katherine and William, of course, are the most devastated ones in the family. Their grief has the biggest impact on Thomasin, who is not willingly landing herself in one trouble after another. Katherine started to blame Thomasin for all the awful things that are happening and is falling deeply into depression after one disaster strikes the family after another. William soon began to question his religious faith while Katherine does not give Thomasin a break because she suspects her daughter Thomasin is practicing witchcraft. The movie is sad but real as it can get.
The Witch is that best pure horror film of 2016 so far with its powerful storytelling of how mistrust, pride, and heartbreaks can rip families apart. It also explores how a simple betrayal to the powerful females can lead to an outrageous outcome. I could not believe my eyes while watching the third act because it was brutally unexpected although the movie appears to be straightforward at the beginning. The actors performances, production design, cinematography, editing, directing skills and dialogue/story that was taking mostly from documents and folklore from the 1600s makes this film a truly transcendent cinematic experience. The Witch did a phenomenal job building the mood, atmosphere, tension, creating horrific scenes, giving us suspense, thrills and a movie that we will think about long after we finish seeing it.
About The Witch 2015
AKA: The VVitch: A New-England Folktale
Runtime: 92 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 51
Writers: Robert Eggers
Director: Robert Eggers