Film Review: The Witch

DIRECTOR: Robert Eggers STARRING: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson, Julian Richings, Bathsheba Garnett, Sarah Stephens, Wahab Chaudhry, Axtun Henry Dube USA/UK/CANADA/BRAZIL 2016


The Witch is not your conventional horror movie, we may say that’s a crazy awesome family drama that deals with beliefs and fears, all with this kind of edgy, classic Hammer horror touch, that really has the ability to shake us, that’s for sure. Exploring the puritan faith back in the 17th century, where the witch hunt was something very real – thanks for that Christianism! – Robert Eggers manages to bring this kind of elegant ghoulish New England folktale to life which is something quite remarkable, especially when we think this is Eggers’ directorial debut. The intensity of the dialogues totally transcend the linguistic boundaries, the incredible attention to detail, the perfect choice of cast and Anya Taylor-Joy’s performance – what an amazing debut, a true standout – are the key elements of this stunning, uncomfortable, terrifying soon to be a horror cult classic.

Words by Fausto Casais
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