The Witch (stylized as The VVitch) saw its theatrical release last night on February 19th, and it has been met with glowing reviews and critical acclaim. It was first introduced at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category.
The Witch is a new horror film directed and written by Robert Eggers. In fact, this movie marks his directorial debut. The movie takes place in 1630s England, following a Puritan family who just got banished due to a conflict of beliefs. The family consists of William, his wife Katherine, daughter Thomasin, their son Caleb, and fraternal twins Mercy and Jonas.
Worry, malice, and despair arise when their newly birthed son, Samuel, is found missing. Thomasin, who was in charge of watching Samuel, is blamed for this. Trust between the family quickly breaks, and tensions rise. The family soon suspects witchcraft might be the cause of the family’s troubles.
I personally love horror films, and the success that The Witch is receiving makes me only that much more excited to watch this movie. And honestly, there hasn’t been a good scary movie about witches since The Blair Witch Project. Reviewers praise the movie for its chilling atmosphere and great, organic immersion into its time period.
Not only that, but the rising feeling of unease and doubt of what is or isn’t true only adds to the movie’s appeal. It is a movie filled with dark tones and terrifying scenery. All filmed with natural lighting, creeping shadows, and naturally unfolding long shots.
The Witch is already in theaters worldwide. Check out the trailer here if you haven’t already. And be sure to come back to Cinemaniacs for more movie goodness!