The Witch (2016) Movie Review: Everything You’ve Heard It Was

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time the father is chopping wood.

Do a Shot: to settle your stomach whenever you become uneasy.

Do a Shot: for every WTF moment.

Take a Drink: every time someone says “Black Phillip”.

Finish your Drink: to be thankful you weren’t alive during the 1630’s.

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Movie Review

By: Movie Snurb (A Toast) –

In New England in 1630 a family of six is essentially banished from their village and forced to live on the outskirts of the woods. While the eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) plays a simple game of peek-a-boo with the newborn son, he is suddenly taken into the woods by some being. After his kidnapping all hell breaks loose, including paranoia, witchcraft, and possession. Who or what is tormenting this family?

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A Toast

This film is bone chilling. The Witch foregoes the easy jump scares and instead uses cinematography and an unsettling score to give you a very uneasy feeling. After their newborn son is kidnapped you’ll never feel comfortable in your seat while watching this film.  Some of the shots they pull off are rather beautiful, especially for a dark horror film. We get an excellent sense of claustrophobia and isolation, which can only be pulled off by excellent cinematography.

Robert Eggers is a true visionary in the horror genre and he couldn’t come at a better time. There have been some good horror movies as of late but they are few and far between. Robert Eggers is a real talent who shouldn’t be pigeonholed into making crappy sequels. I believe he has a lot to offer Hollywood and I can’t wait to see what Eggers has to offer in the future. Horror fans now have a new name to look for in years to come.

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The cast was brilliant in this film. Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie as the parents were fantastic. Anya Taylor-Joy proves herself a real talent with her breakout performance in this film. The Old English screenplay was excellent but was lifted by the amazing acting by the entire cast. This film will keep you guessing until the very end and the spotless writing provides a satisfying and surprising ending. It’s not a The Crying Game ending, but still surprising.

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Verdict

In an era of horror remakes and unnecessary sequels it’s nice to see those rare gems. We’ve had The Babadook, The Conjuring, and the surprise The Cabin in the Woods. Now we have The Witch, a very chilling tale of witchcraft, demonic possession, and paranoia that did not disappoint.

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