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The Witch (2016)

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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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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.

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Cast

Ralph Ineson
as William
Kate Dickie
as Katherine
Sarah Stephens
as Young Witch
Wahab Chaudhry
as Black Phillip
Brooklyn Herd
as Noble Girl
Derek Herd
as Peasant Man 1
Viv Moore
as Lead Coven Dancing Witch
Jeff Smith
as Nobleman
Madlen Sopadzhiyan
as Coven Witch
Ron G. Young
as White Trapper
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All Critics (269) | Top Critics (49)

The Witch is sparing in its use of special effects and generates suspense and foreboding through what is suggested rather than what is seen.

February 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In the tradition of William Friedkin's The Exorcist, this chilling low-budget horror movie taps into the same temporal fear that sparks religious feeling.

February 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"The Witch" feels at once sticky with tangible detail and numinous with suggestion.

February 22, 2016 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

I would prefer seeing a failed attempt at something different than a regurgitation of every modern horror trope. Yet The Witch proves unable to capitalize on being different.

February 20, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

Helped by along by a great cast, a haunting soundtrack and terrific attention to period detail, The Witch is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Robert Eggers.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

The Witch is wrapped up in its own views of religion, of sin, of feminine power, but more than anything else, it is wrapped up in itself.

February 19, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
The New Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Witch

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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words cannot describe how irritatingly boring this movie is.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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"The VVitch" is I8oring.

Christian C
Christian C

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