The Witch

The Witch ★★★★½

Robert Eggers' feature debut, The Witch, is an eerie and beautifully-shot (and acted and scored) period drama. Its use of symmetry and long shots evokes Kubrick, and the sparse lives of the characters are mirrored in a cinematography that quietly lets horror build and simple images bring out fear.

The Witch is more effective as a meditation on a family being torn apart by their own era-specific, faith-based paranoia (which mirrors contemporary fears of corruption in our midst) than as a horror film that part of me wished there was no witch at all. But the witch scenes are so bananas entertaining that I can't really hold them against the film. The ending could not be sillier, though.

This film is awesome.

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