Synopsis: A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. – IMDB
Tagline: A New-England Folktale
Release Date: 2016-2-9 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Trailer: The Witch
The VVitch Review
I went into watching The VVitch completely expecting to hate it at worst, be bored to tears at best. I was very pleasantly surprised. Not that I’m going to rave about how awesome it was, mind you, because it wasn’t. Still, as a rule of thumb, I hate slow burn movies and I hate period pieces, so the fact that I liked this movie – which was both – says something about it.
The VVitch was a refreshing change of pace from the found footage, low-budget, jump scares films currently saturating the movie market. Director/Writer Robert Eggers obviously knew what he wanted to do, and he set about doing it as well as he possibly could. This movie isn’t as much about the supernatural horror as it is the horror of a family losing their children, and how desperately they struggle to cope with it. I liked that it confronted one of the big issues about religion and child death head on in a very realistic way. Basically one of the kids asks “He was just a baby, so did he really go to hell because he died before he was pardoned?” And, just like you’d expect – because this is exactly the way too many religious people deal with it – he basically gets told “Shut up, nobody knows.”
They keep the witch herself to just a few shots here and there, generally very dark, keeping her face turned away as much as possible. Like monster movies of old, the idea is supposed to be what scares you, not the monster itself.
While some of the acting was a bit over the top, the oldest daughter (Anya Taylor-Joy) and the father (Ralph Ineson) both did particularly good jobs. The two worked very well together, and Ineson in particular communicated his pain quite clearly. Overall, The VVitch is definitely worth a watch. If you liked (or disliked) this review, you can watch The VVitch on Amazon now.