Main Plot Points:
- In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630. New England, 1630.
- Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest – within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately – animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies.
- As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival – winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition – painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin – in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy – and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.
What We Thought:
- Man was The Witch a major disappointment. I had heard so many good things about it and I didn’t like it at all.
- I found it boring, uneventful and slow. There’s not enough backstory as to why the family is kicked out of the town. They don’t explain why they moved to the New World in the first place (or at least I missed it). There were nothing about the characters I cared about.
- I hated the youngest children immediately. I know you aren’t supposed to want to see kids killed in a film, but I was hoping they’d be killed as soon as they hit the screen. Same for the mother. The mother character is just a religious person who drove me nuts. I get that was how they were back then, but she still annoyed me.
- Without giving away the ending/twist, I honestly don’t know who the “bad” person of the film was. Was it a witch? Something else? Why couldn’t they grow crops? I just didn’t care after a while. I really don’t want to spoil the ending or else I’d go on about this.
- It’s very slow on top of not having much backstory. Yes in 2016 our attention spans are garbage, I can admit mine is for the most part, but I honestly don’t remember more than 2 or 3 things happening total in the film. They leave the town, the baby goes missing, a family member gets hurt, then the twist (sort of) ending. It’s only about an hour and a half long, but feels well over two hours.
- And so many people told me how scary and thrilling it was. Unless I saw a different movie, there is nothing scary or thrilling about the film. It’s not a slasher horror, I get that, but it’s called The Witch, it should have a witch doing things to people more often than not.
- A lot of people will like The Witch just don’t count me as one of them. The more I talked about it with a friend who also saw it (and didn’t like it), the more I realized nothing happens and there’s no story about these people. I barely understood half of what they were saying on top of it. Worst part is, the cinematography and style of the film is really cool. The ending is kind of cool. I just wish the first 90 minutes or so had something else going on.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Anya Taylor-Joy
- Ralph Ineson
- Kate Dickie
Recommended if You Like:
- Period pieces
- Non-scary films that others think are scary
- Good cinematography