When a family are exiled from the plantation into the empty wilderness because of the religious reason, and the reason why they are deported because of the father, William's prideful conceit - his membership to a religious community has been suspended. He took his family to a remote cabin near the woods. As they beg for forgiveness as sinner of God, they encountered evil presence lurking in the foreboding woods.
The Witch shouldn't be misconceived as a traditional modern horror (like what other people say) because it conveys 'horror of religion' which talks about unconventional and obscure theme set in 17th century. The Witch isn't just about witchcraft, wizards or supernatural powers, it is so much more than that.
Robert Eggers' directorial debut, The Witch: A New-England Folktale is one of the finest horror movies of the decade. A good horror movie is very difficult to find. But how to do define a good horror movie? If it makes you jump because of loud noises, or it contains terrifying creature? The Witch is unconventional horror movie that makes you feel uneasy. We don't get horror movies like this, I am not talking about the content of this movie but the way it is crafted is a masterwork. Horror movie fans may love this movie, but a lot of people might hate it at the same time. Why? If you're not a fan of slow-building movies, The Witch isn't for you. Some people call it 'boring'. But the movie deserves to be appreciated because of its pacing. Robert Eggers' knows how to build tension by the movie's pacing and he's able to establish it because of his brilliant usage of editing and camerawork.
I won't get into the movie's plot because the title clearly gives us an idea of where the movie is going to go. Our imagination plays tricks on us and The Witch is haunting to the extreme, it gets under your skin and it stays there. Until now, those haunting images I saw in the movie stuck in my head. I remember hearing strange noises outside my home after I saw this movie, when I sneak out to see where the noises were coming from, I saw nothing. So I prayed and asked for God's protection from evil. Sounds scary?
From clothing, production design to the religious foundation of the world his character inhabit in the movie is brilliant. Roger Egger spent years to search for every aspect that will establish the authenticity of his movie. One of those aspects is the movie's script which is rich of ideas and interpretation. Right from its first scene, it tells us that we're going into something dark and terrifying, experiences from people who believe witchery is real. The cinematography captures the horror and the darkness the family have experienced after being excommunicated. Plus Mark Korven's haunting score that emphasizes the tension every scene. You'll know if something terrifying is about to happen because the movie's score takes us to that moment.
The Witch: A New-England Folktale brings pure terror from beginning to end. And tells us one thing, 'Devil is as real as God.'
Directed by: Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson, Julian Richings and Sarah Stephens
Distributed by: A24