The Witch

The Witch

A New-England Folktale

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Byond
Jan 19, 2021

Brian Keene "The Witch is a gorgeous, thoughtful, scary horror film that 90% of the people in the theater with you will be too stupid to understand."
I gave it one run through and had to rely on Wiki to clarify what supposedly took place.
Eggers other 'The Lighthouse' went off in my head like a time bomb and was also hard to sit through.
Eggers insists that this Puritan view of witches was of the nature of what we get in folk tales.
The plot unrolls as a consequence of the father's willingness to bear whatever punishment for his criticism of Christian practice gone wrong, in his view, on the plantation.
The families exile leads to a chain of woes which come to a resolution in the fate of the central character, a daughter who comes into her sexuality maturity here.
Lauded for technical excellence and scrupulous attention to the record on the subject.
Some quote boiled down to this: Religious practice that doesn't make one feel better about living is going to kick up a dark, even deadly side.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

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BBRUTTIG
Dec 27, 2020

I found it historically accurate during the Salem witch trials era but slow, boring, confusing plot. Does not translate well for 21st century audiences. Good acting but just plods along. Not my cup of tea.

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oPod
Oct 11, 2020

The historical accuracy is intriguing. The old timey talk is charming. The witchery was based on what early settlers would have actually believed. It is a film made for early settlers. If they could see the film they would view it as all too plausible. They would nod their heads in agreement as to this being a cautionary tale. Put yourself in their mindset with this film ans see how our sense of nonfiction and fiction has evolved over the centuries. Whilst being a creature of his time the father actually seems a little progressive for his time. The bonus interview is historically focused and not too long. It maybe worth watching beforehand to give the movie context.

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nparrish
Feb 19, 2020

This had some pretty original ideas as well as some overused tropes.
Better than expected but not as good as it coulda been.
I hated the ending...Why did he drop the ax?

It's not a horror film, it's an uplifting modern Cinderella story!
This movie is 3 years old at this writing, and it's been meme'd + mocked + loved + etc, but it's a beautiful tale of an outcast girl being punished for not fitting in to her literally Puritanical world, and has a happy ending.
*SPOILERS AHEAD*
Thomasin's father leaves their colonial community over heretical disagreements (Pride), her mother continually distrusts her because of Thomasin's unforgivable feminine sins of youth + beauty (Envy), her brother wants to jump her bones (Lust), and the twins make her chores unbearable (Sloth +Gluttony). Meanwhile, our hero T must make do in the face of all her torturers to be the Good Girl, which is never rewarded. It's only after her family is punished SAW-style that her fairy godmother/prince charming, Black Phillip (Ol' Scratch, themself), rewards her with everything she's ever deserved, something better than some dumb Ball, in the form of a Witch's Sabbath, as she leaves her shift + sanity behind to dance into the woods naked + free, with her Sisters in Satan.
It's a beautiful reminder that no matter how hard we try, the only place for the feminine in this world is away from the world of men, and despite the cost, is truly beautiful. Highly recommend <3

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ltora
Nov 22, 2019

I was bracing to be terrified as I watched it on midnight. I was confused instead. Perhaps the scenes were too dark and I missed the good stuff.

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carroll6
Nov 12, 2019

different. The plot isn't revealed until the end.. no one knows what they are fighting against.. who the enemy is. It's not that good. It's not that bad.

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Dezigrant
Oct 21, 2019

i love artistic films that are less hollywood but this film was dryer than desert sand. I could hardly hear anything the actors were saying. The movie takes FOREVER to get to any real point and they drag out scene after scene. It was difficult to really understand anything that was going on. Once the movie finished I was in disbelief at how it was concluded. Its like they had to wrap up the low budget film cuz they ran out of money.

The story concept was good though. If it was redone a bit different, it could have been super creepy and interesting.

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avocadotree
Aug 27, 2019

Great movie. Needs descriptions and subtitles. That is why I got the actual DVD instead of watching it streaming on Hoopla which I tried first with no success because though they're speaking English it's a bit different from the modern language.

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l0rry13
Aug 09, 2019

Such a boring movie, with so much talking and no action

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 09, 2019

The plot was based on some folklore from 16 century England, when witchcraft was believed to exist. Good rustic setting and old dialogues give the film a pretty unique flavour. Some disturbing scenes here. Overall a decent horror film.

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TheHawthornes
Mar 15, 2019

This movie is un-freakin-believabley boring, and I say that as a huge fan of "slow" horror movies.

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coreAgogo
Dec 17, 2018

To me this is a perfect film: gorgeous cinematography, raw acting performances, evocative Elizabethan dialogue, potent scary-as-hell score, and a plot that is twisty and shocking one moment and brooding and atmospheric the next. The obsessive attention to historical accuracy will be appreciated by those who enjoy period pieces or early American history. Horror aficionados will relish in a movie with not many cheap jump scares, but that worms its way under your skin, allowing you to host something truly evil inside. The first fifteen minutes alone quell any doubts that what you are watching is a waking nightmare. I can't wait to see what this director puts out next.

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jsinaz
Nov 18, 2018

Nicely filmed and an apparently accurate look at the New England of the 17th century during the "witch" panic where witchcraft, witches, hobgoblins and other supernatural manifestations were actually believed in by the masses of Calvinist Puritans of the time. Good movie, but it doesn't seem to know what it is: a supernatural horror picture or an honest look at the goings on in that time period. Very dark and brooding, very atmospheric of the time, and an interesting first film for the young director. They did a great job considering the low-budget, indie realization.

LPL_LoganI Oct 17, 2018

Genuinely worth watching! A suspenseful period piece that will leave you so very grateful that rational civilization exists around you.

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blkops33
Sep 24, 2018

Loved it!!! More Horror films should be as half asgod as this!!!

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Courier2003
Jun 29, 2018

Dull, boring. Too many dark scenes. Could not understand the actors dialogue. Lots of fast forwards did not help. I believe some patrons make up false ratings. I wanted to see how people survived in the 1600's

JCLIanH Jun 29, 2018

One of the best horror movies in recent memory. What makes The Witch work so well is how director Robert Eggers shoots the film with total realism. It makes for a truly unnerving experience, and a fascinating look at the superstitions of earliest America.

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lavasushi
Jun 22, 2018

I think this is a superbly acted film about 17th Century New England. I didn’t think of it as “horror” as much as a reenactment of the harshness of reality in such a bleak atmosphere. Not knowing the actors, their spouses, their arrests and salaries, increases my love of the film.
I agree completely with the review of jeffn March 26, 2018

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mr_chocolate
Apr 17, 2018

Good acting and interesting concept, but for me falls short of being a really good film. It was as if the writer, director wasn't sure of whether he wanted to create a film of a family going stir crazy, or if something else was dictating events in this family disaster film.
Special Features does provide a look at the accuracy of the film, clothing, cabin and way of life, followed by a Q&A with the director/writer, Robert Eggers, and actress, Anya Taylor-Joy (2016's Morgan, Split, and Barry).

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jeffn
Mar 26, 2018

I am particularly intrigued by an intent of this film to show the belief in witches prevalent in the 16th century, even among deeply religious people...
Today we still have a fascination with witch stories, particularly those penned by billionaire authors like J.K. Rollins.
Interestingly, before copyright protection, 'books' like the bible had another key utility i.e. the mass control of society, something they have lost considerably in the last half century... at least in western society.
It is absolutely amazing that myth and superstition has still gripped large swaths of unquestioning folk - even today. The film VVitches holds out some hope to questioning, thinking modern folk that others will shed their final archaic beliefs in entities that they cannot prove, still insist exist based on 'faith', and still wield control over their lives.
Fear of religion promoted punishment or banishment should not and is not a requirement for decent people to behave properly to one another.
VVitches gives hope that a final shedding of all religions is possible, particularly those that promote distrust and judgement towards others.
Forgiveness and understanding, towards all men on earth is possible without ANY religion.

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RoyalJellyIII
Feb 21, 2018

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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publicenemy48
Nov 15, 2017

pretty interesting movie I enjoyed it very much I watch in with very little color on my TV . much better movie with that type of imaging.

LPL_JoelB Oct 24, 2017

The VVitch thrusts the viewer into an isolated Puritan world where madness manifests itself in the form of paranoia and religious zealotry. The wits of the subject family are pulled taught and struck repeatedly, eventually culminating into a claustrophobic nightmare of isolationism and mental instability, with all fingers pointing to one of their own as The Witch. The tension in this film is unrelenting and spellbinding as the family slips further and further into hysteria. Mark Korven bolsters the film's sense of madness with an imaginative, eerie, dissonant score. The dialogue of the film is entirely in period correct Old English. Closed captions may help somewhat, but I think not understanding some of the family's language adds to the sense of isolationism for the viewer. One of the best psychological horror thrillers of recent memory - bound to be an instant classic.

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Kidd0Kid
Oct 17, 2017

OMG!
Watch this movie!


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