I think by now the hype train has left the station and everyone has their expectation levels in check. And if you haven’t seen Robert Eggers’ The Witch (read our review) yet, this weekend is your last chance to catch it in theaters.
The Witch isn’t some massive studio project, nor is it even on the level of something like Blumhouse would produce. This film is a genuine, honest-to-Satan, independent horror film. Some may call it “over hyped,” but I call it a major success story and a win for the horror genre as a whole. I would never forgive myself if I didn’t catch this Shining-inspired chiller in theaters.
For the fans, like me, you can plan your Witch/Shining double feature for this May, when A24’s film arrives on home video.
“In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630. New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest – within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately – animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival – winning the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition – painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions tragically turned to mass hysteria. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin – in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy – and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.”