Published on March 16th, 20160
Film Review: The Witch
Directed by Robert Eggers
Prepare to be frightened beyond gory slasher scenes and heart-pounding jump scares—The Witch will give you chills right through your bones. It’s a fear you can’t shake no matter how hard you try. It’s unsettling to the core. It’s ominous and eerie in every sense and it’ll have you on edge from beginning to end. This horror flick does its job almost too well.
The film follows the plights of a Puritan Christian family after they are excommunicated from the community and ultimately, their home. After a day’s travel, the family of seven settle by the edge of an overtly sinister forest and quickly begin to regret it.
Leading the cast is Anya Taylor-Joy who plays Thomasin. Her on-screen presence is striking and when she’s sharing scenes with the likes of Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie, her theatrical grasp is astounding. This can be said for the entirety of the cast—their interactions with one another are absolutely hypnotising.
As Robert Eggers’ directorial debut, The Witch is a phenomenal start to his career behind the camera. Unnerving energy punctuates the plot while increasingly intense musical scores amplify the dread, leaving you with sweaty palms and an overwhelming urge to look away—don’t.
Most of the dialogue in the film was taken directly from 17th century folktales, stories, journals and diaries, making the experience far more terrifying than anticipated. Regardless of how hard you try, you won’t be able to convince yourself this one isn’t real.
See The Witch at Palace Nova Cinemas from Thursday 17 March.
Words by Emmylou Macdonald
Tickets courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas.