The Witch

The Witch ★★★★½

A film more focused on leaving the audience with something thought provoking than horror spectacle jump scares. Robert Eggers’ psychologically brutal horror effort, The Witch creates an eerie and terrifying atmosphere seldom been achieved with such craftsmanship. The drab, grey cinematography encapsulates an ever longing feeling of dread, reflecting upon the depression that the family is feeling. The harrowing and unconventional score just adding to the already heightened level of suspense, and emphasizes the importance of music in horror. He uses the scenery to masterful effect as if he makes the forrest it’s own terrifying character. The way he moves the camera is so meticulous to create a maximum feeling of tension, he often uses really long takes and slider shots that only enhances the unnerving ambiance. It explores paranoia and christian patriarchy in a sinister, yet fascinating way, elevating the film above it’s seemingly loose plot. The performances felt so authentic to the time period without feeling like Eggers forcing a painstakingly involuntary performance out of his actors. I’m still slightly unsure about the ending, in fact I have no idea what the fuck happened in the ending, but it’s non concrete answer to what the film has on it’s mind leaves some room for interpretation among movie lovers, which can only be seen as a good thing. The Witch personifies everything I love about the horror genre and proves to me that Robert Eggers is an important voice in film. It’s a slow burn, period accurate, unconventional, ambiguous descent into madness, executed with an incredible level of craftsmanship.

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