The most terrifying movie in a long time has arrived. ‘The Witch’ hits theaters on Feb. 19, and it’s downright scary. Check out what the critics are saying about the new horror film now!
Are you ready for a movie that will scare the hell out of you? Well, The Witch is here! The horror movie follows a family in 1630s New England that comes undone by forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. Critics are loving this new movie and believe it’s one of the most petrifying movies in years.
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A fiercely committed ensemble and an exquisite sense of historical detail conspire to cast a highly atmospheric spell in “The Witch,” a strikingly achieved tale of a mid-17th-century New England family’s steady descent into religious hysteria and madness. Laying an imaginative foundation for the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials that would follow decades later, writer-director Robert Eggers’ impressive debut feature walks a tricky line between disquieting ambiguity and full-bore supernatural horror, but leaves no doubt about the dangerously oppressive hold that Christianity exerted on some dark corners of the Puritan psyche.
Writer/director Robert Eggers unleashes a exquisitely made, thought-provoking and deeply disturbing first feature with The Witch, which takes moviegoers back to New England circa the 1630s, grabs them with an emotional tragedy and doesn’t let them go as it takes an innocent family spiraling down into hellish despair… There’s a bit of schlock and awe by the end, and the finale flirts with undoing the realism courtesy of over-the-top imagery and a devilish twist. It winds up working as a ominous climax, however, and you’re left wanting to avoid any and all farm animals for a while — which for this excellent piece of filmmaking is high praise.
What makes this chillingly creepy little black-magic folk tale work so beautifully is its evocative sense of time and place (it was shot on a shoestring in Northern Ontario). Well, that and composer Mark Korven’s unsettling soundtrack full of screechy, dissonant strings. Anya Taylor-Joy, who looks like a long-lost, alabaster-complexioned Fanning sister, stands out as the eldest child, Tomasin. Her budding sexuality and wicked sense of humor quickly turn her into an easy scapegoat for the family’s spiralling paranoia and suspicion. But, believe me, these doomed souls have far deeper problems to grapple with than an impertinent daughter.
Building his film on the diabolical aftershocks of Puritan repression, Eggers raises The Witch far above the horror herd. He doesn’t need cheap tricks. Eggers merely directs us to look inside. Be warned: It’ll scare the hell out of you.
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