The Witch (2016)
Critic Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
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The film starts with wordy wittering and ends by trying to woo our shrieks -- from Arthur Miller to Dennis Wheatley in the shortest time possible between two blunt points.
As a curio, The Witch has its own fascination; at least until the over-explicit finale shatters much of the mood that has been so carefully built up.
Aware that gender, as much as faith, remains a burning issue, Eggers makes our hearts swell and our brains sweat.
Like any outstanding horror film, its true impact only reveals itself once the credits have rolled and it stays buried under your skin, breaking through every now and then to remind you of its insidious power.
The problem is that the craft and artistry are just too laboured and foregrounded.
Audience Reviews for The Witch
Neo-horror film based on New England folk tales as well as the fear of the wood and the supernatural. Well acted and filmed, the movie does not follow regular "scary movie" blue prints. That's a blessing for its unpredictability and a curse for its slow pace. There are some deeply unsettling and creepy scenes, but very few classical scares. The religious zealousness of regular 17th century folks is almost as uncomfortable to watch as the witch in the woods. The ending actually dares to go bat shit crazy, you gotta admire that.
Despite a bit of a slow pace, the Witch's tense sequences are enough for a decent folktale. The disturbing score, the daunting scenes and thought-provoking lore will make any moviegoer feel unsettled and paranoid. 3.5/5
The very definition of terror in the purest sense of the word - a disturbing and nerve-wracking slow burn whose profoundly anguishing atmosphere made my skin crawl and left me almost squeaking in panic, and I don't think I will ever want to see this horrific nightmare again.
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