The Witch

The Witch

A New England Folktale

DVD - 2016
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A family in 1630s New England faces destruction by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another.

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diogenes_stl
Apr 18, 2017

A fantastic horror film with excellent performances, writing, and directing. Mr. Eggers is one to watch going forward. This is a remarkable debut feature film. I also enjoyed the bonus material on this DVD and loved hearing the history consultant describe this as one of the most accurate depictions of the Puritan era in America he had seen. A film I will gladly watch again and again.

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kpelish
Apr 05, 2017

Warped Christian fundamentalism, patriarchy, & fear of budding female sexuality brew a boring horror film. (In contrast, the classic "Carrie" covers these themes excellently). Some interesting scenes as the effects of being isolated takes its toll on the family. Several times someone mentions "Hey, we should goest into town & seeketh help!" and you think "Yeah, yeah, great idea!" but it doesn't happen. It's true that evil manifests itself in many forms. Two very different appearances of The Evil One are sad and predatory, involving underage children. However, perhaps pridefully isolating family and making their lives much, much harder than it needs to be, is one of these manifestations. Lots of screaming, bad sound effects, and an awkward ending that pulls in pretend authority by referencing the New England witch trials and court records. Because if it's in a court record, it's true....For a more upbeat New England story and use of court records, see "American Jezebel". The author adds humor to old-fashioned court records and old-fashioned worlds.

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TheSandoz
Mar 20, 2017

Lame movie- it doesn't succeed as an art movie, nor does it succeed as a horror film. In the end you're left with a boring ( though historically accurate ) pretentious vacuum.

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therhiannamater
Feb 15, 2017

I'm a huge horror fan. My favorite niche genre is definitely historical horror, but I find it near impossible to find a variety. The Witch has that eerie feeling that is so innate and unsettling. The music is incredible. I don't think I've ever encountered a 1600's horror movie before. This definitely isn't a jump-scare movie, but the spooks are definitely there.

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Earlgrey454
Jan 17, 2017

An excellent film that really gets the early New England setting right (though filmed in Ontario, the trees and other natural features are nearly the same as in New England) , and the characters look, act and talk in a way that seems very believable for the 17th-Century. Indeed, after awhile I turned on the English subtitles, which were quite helpful for this film. If you are interested in seeing a "witch film" that is much more honest and true-to-life than almost any other, see this one. It's not a traditional "horror" film at all, and the writer/director said he lifted many of the characters' lines straight from actual historical texts, and it works quite well. The eeriness begins slowly, and tension among the family members builds and builds, and there are some wonderful-and creepy scenes of imagination. And it's the kind of movie that will stir lively debate among those who see it.

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poolman
Jan 10, 2017

Scared the living shit out of me - partly because of the subject matter but mostly because of the production values (dialogue, costumes, situation and beliefs) which tried to make 1630 as realistic as possible and thus one tended to believe in what one is watching which brings on a belief in the supernatural elements operating. Super acting especially on the part of the kids.

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sertaoprincess
Jan 05, 2017

if you want to time-travel to the past & get into those peoples' heads then this is a movie for you. in making the movie, they tried to make it as authentic as possible, including using diaries & other writings from that period to create the movie's dialogue. it is a psychological thriller, revealing how our minds can be our worst enemies & the horrible things we can do to one another as a result. (hopefully, our new politics is not a sequel.)

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KennyBania
Dec 12, 2016

Excellent movie about the slow descent into the madness of religion/witchcraft. it's not a horror movie at all. Whether you believe in witchcraft in 17th century New England or a monotheistic god today, you can end up in the same place as the end of the movie if you are a true believer.

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Mitzi352
Nov 16, 2016

Pointless waste of time.

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Daveinportland
Oct 07, 2016

I thought the acting was really good, but the movie just never moved me. Nothing I would go out of the way to recommend, but no a bad choice to watch either.

Many people loved it, I just wasn't one of them.

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Mar 11, 2017

"Corruption. Thou art my father."

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