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The Witch Review


Justin here. I'm reviewing The Witch directed by Robert Eggers, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie. The story takes place in 17th century New England where a man named William and his family are living on a farm by a Puritan settlement where they encounter a series of events caused by a mysterious witch in the woods. William tries to uncover what's happening with the events while also at the same time, questioning his faith. I'm really starting to enjoy films made by the independent studio A24. This was a damn good movie. I really enjoyed the performances from all of the cast, including the father and the daughter played by Robert Eggers and Anya Taylor-Joy, respectively. I loved the cinematography. It's bleak and atmospheric, especially in the night time scenes with the forest and the production design looks really authentic as it reminded me of The Crucible. I also really got into the story involving the witch. Not trying to spoil anything, but when things go down, it gets very dark and psychological and I was on the edge of my seat feeling really disturbed at what I was watching. The sound design is really creepy too. I know the way the story moved might not have appealed to some people that were expecting a more traditional horror film, but I loved the build up and it paid off in one of the most disturbing endings I've seen since The Gift. Overall, this is one of the best horror films I've seen of 2016. With little to no flaws, I'm going to give this a 9.5/10.

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