The Witch

The Witch

A New-England Folktale

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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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.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Elevation Pictures, 2015
Branch Call Number: WIT
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm + 1 DVD

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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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Jul 17, 2017

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