The Witch

The Witch

DVD - 2016
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A family in 1630s New England faces destruction by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] :, Lionsgate,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE WIT
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (94 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches

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lavasushi
Jun 22, 2018

I think this is a superbly acted film about 17th Century New England. I didn’t think of it as “horror” as much as a reenactment of the harshness of reality in such a bleak atmosphere. Not knowing the actors, their spouses, their arrests and salaries, increases my love of the film.
I agree completely with the review of jeffn March 26, 2018

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ninanna
Jun 08, 2018

I appreciated the folklore and historical aspect of the movie but found it lacking in more detailed practical aspects of everyday life - I really doubt the family hoped to survive the winter with a couple of goats and one hen.

People who liked this movie would probably like watching a Russian movie "Viy" based on a story by Nikolai Gogol, a great 19th Century writer who wrote in Russian but used rich Ukrainian folklore in his earlier stories. The movie is in the catalogue.

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mr_chocolate
Apr 17, 2018

Good acting and interesting concept, but for me falls short of being a really good film. It was as if the writer, director wasn't sure of whether he wanted to create a film of a family going stir crazy, or if something else was dictating events in this family disaster film.
Special Features does provide a look at the accuracy of the film, clothing, cabin and way of life, followed by a Q&A with the director/writer, Robert Eggers, and actress, Anya Taylor-Joy (2016's Morgan, Split, and Barry).

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jeffn
Mar 26, 2018

I am particularly intrigued by an intent of this film to show the belief in witches prevalent in the 16th century, even among deeply religious people...
Today we still have a fascination with witch stories, particularly those penned by billionaire authors like J.K. Rollins.
Interestingly, before copyright protection, 'books' like the bible had another key utility i.e. the mass control of society, something they have lost considerably in the last half century... at least in western society.
It is absolutely amazing that myth and superstition has still gripped large swaths of unquestioning folk - even today. The film VVitches holds out some hope to questioning, thinking modern folk that others will shed their final archaic beliefs in entities that they cannot prove, still insist exist based on 'faith', and still wield control over their lives.
Fear of religion promoted punishment or banishment should not and is not a requirement for decent people to behave properly to one another.
VVitches gives hope that a final shedding of all religions is possible, particularly those that promote distrust and judgement towards others.
Forgiveness and understanding, towards all men on earth is possible without ANY religion.

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MontMoroc
Feb 21, 2018

Lame movie- it doesn't succeed as an art movie, nor does it succeed as a horror film. In the end you're left with a boring ( though historically accurate ) pretentious vacuum.

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publicenemy45
Nov 15, 2017

pretty interesting movie I enjoyed it very much I watch in with very little color on my TV . much better movie with that type of imaging.

LPL_JoelB Oct 24, 2017

The VVitch thrusts the viewer into an isolated Puritan world where madness manifests itself in the form of paranoia and religious zealotry. The wits of the subject family are pulled taught and struck repeatedly, eventually culminating into a claustrophobic nightmare of isolationism and mental instability, with all fingers pointing to one of their own as The Witch. The tension in this film is unrelenting and spellbinding as the family slips further and further into hysteria. Mark Korven bolsters the film's sense of madness with an imaginative, eerie, dissonant score. The dialogue of the film is entirely in period correct Old English. Closed captions may help somewhat, but I think not understanding some of the family's language adds to the sense of isolationism for the viewer. One of the best psychological horror thrillers of recent memory - bound to be an instant classic.

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Kidd0Kid
Oct 17, 2017

OMG!
Watch this movie!

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diogenes_stl
Apr 18, 2017

A fantastic horror film with excellent performances, writing, and directing. Mr. Eggers is one to watch going forward. This is a remarkable debut feature film. I also enjoyed the bonus material on this DVD and loved hearing the history consultant describe this as one of the most accurate depictions of the Puritan era in America he had seen. A film I will gladly watch again and again.

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kpelish
Apr 05, 2017

Warped Christian fundamentalism, patriarchy, & fear of budding female sexuality brew a boring horror film. (In contrast, the classic "Carrie" covers these themes excellently). Some interesting scenes as the effects of being isolated takes its toll on the family. Several times someone mentions "Hey, we should goest into town & seeketh help!" and you think "Yeah, yeah, great idea!" but it doesn't happen. It's true that evil manifests itself in many forms. Two very different appearances of The Evil One are sad and predatory, involving underage children. However, perhaps pridefully isolating family and making their lives much, much harder than it needs to be, is one of these manifestations. Lots of screaming, bad sound effects, and an awkward ending that pulls in pretend authority by referencing the New England witch trials and court records. Because if it's in a court record, it's true....For a more upbeat New England story and use of court records, see "American Jezebel". The author adds humor to old-fashioned court records and old-fashioned worlds.

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