The Witch finally hits wide release tonight and we saw her.
|No!!!! Not a sequel to The Witch!!!!|
With The Witch, horror returns to the dread inducing woods in a gloomy, low budget feature that sets its own standards instead of abiding by any standardized rules. In a time ruled by PG-13 tropes and lame found footage features, director Robert Eggers stretches outside the bounds of what we normally see and presents a story that exists more in the unseen than extreme gore or graphic detail. His Witch gives us dim lighting, substantial mood, and old world fears of unknown evils lying in wait beyond the edge of the forest. As the film slowly unravels in a droning but heavy feeling of encroaching creepiness, Eggers' theatrical offering lives in a microcosm of parental doom and twisted lurking darkness. While the movie unhurriedly weaves a fable of malaise and foreboding, Eggers also captures man's desire to succeed against the odds of mother nature in a primordial family settlement in New England.
|Damn it!! I hate when you crucify me!|
The dynamic tone of The Witch may not satisfy everyone and the unintelligible dialogue at times might make this a hard watch for some. Yet, the story is quite interesting based on the fact that we've never seen this before. This is something totally different in an era of commercialism at every turn. The Witch isn't a perfect specimen by any means, but this is a solid shot at someone trying to give us something fresh and new when horror is usually made for teens or is shoehorned into the straight to video formats. If you're into overcast shadows of brooding malevolence, The Witch will at least satiate your hunger for blackened horror with a hint of history.
If you're into movies like It Follows, this one will be right up your alley.
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