Into the Woods (the Witch, 2015)

the_witch_posterOpening with a family leaving their community over a difference in how to be devout Christians, this tale set in 1630 is a slow but powerful burn towards a truly horrifying end.  The family lives in a remote area, next to a deep and foreboding forest.

This film focuses on how the family, seemingly under demonic influence and attack unravel at the seams.  Is oldest daughter Thomasin truly a witch as she suggests to her younger siblings?  She later claims to have been joking, but is this just a defense to save herself?  Did the witch steal away her brother? Is the devil speaking to her through a goat?

The film takes it’s time in setting up the story and this turns out to be very effective and the Witch builds with a quiet nervousness by everything the family knows is torn down.

The Witch is one of the genre highlights of last year.  It is not really a film for gore hounds, but if you appreciate psychological frights, this is a most effective film.  Director Robert Eggers shows much promise with his first feature film.

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