What a spectacularly creepy period piece. While I wasn’t scared watching this, there were moments of disbelief. The Witch is set in the early 1630’s in New England, a time of great puritanism and fear of the unknown or witches. The opening scene is a family of seven being cast out of their village for some unholy crime. They leave their house of splendor to live on a tiny farm on the outskirts of civilization. The farmstead is next to a forest draped in moss and cold barren branches. It is bleak and dreary, much like the weather we have had the past few days. Life is hard on the family. They are far away from their village and alone. Plenty of goat milk, very few vegetables – their crops are failing. Tension mounts as the youngest child mysteriously vanishes as their hunger grows. Slowly but steadily through the intense music they turn on each other. Each scene is grim and quiet as their/our fear blossoms. The family’s faith is put to the test time and again, as they turn on each other.
It is both a movie about a young woman’s burgeoning sexuality and about being faithful. All of the actors do an amazing job, including Black Philip. I especially thought Anya Taylor-Joy (oldest daughter) flawlessly acted out the role of a teenage daughter. The twins superbly played being twins and redefining the term “creepy.” If you are looking for an unnerving psychological thriller and not a blood bath of a horror flick, you have come to the right place. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 5/17/16