Horror | In English | 91 minutes | 2015
In 1630s New England, William, his wife Katherine, son Caleb, and daughters Mercy and Jonas are banished from their Puritan Plymouth Colony over a religious dispute. They flee to a secluded forest and build a farmhouse. Katherine gives birth to a son, Samuel. One day, Samuel suddenly disappears. It seems that a red-cloaked witch stole the unbaptized Samuel, killed him, and used his blood and fat to make a flying ointment. The tragic event tears the family apart as they encounter supernatural events involving life and death experiences and the appearance of the wicked witch.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus) 91% 91%
- Metacritic Score 83% 83%
Seattle Film Critics Society: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography.
Sundance Film Festival: Directing Award, Grand Jury Prize
Toronto Film Critics Association: Best First Feature.
Austin Film Critics Association: Best First Film
New York Film Critics Online: Best Debut Director.
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Remember the name Robert Eggers: his debut film, THE WITCH, is a crafty calling card brimming with beauty and terror. Eggers pulls us into the supernatural with subtle cunning and meticulous detail.
What makes you and the movie jump is that Eggers stays inside the characters’ worlds and heads, all disastrously close quarters. These are people who fervently believe both in the Devil and in God, and for whom witches are as real as trees.
An exhilaratingly scary debut in which writer-director Robert Eggers tramples over the cowardice of the genre he’s just grabbed by the throat. THE WITCH is one of the most genuinely unnerving horror films in recent memory because Eggers has the guts to earn your fear.
A fiercely committed ensemble and an exquisite sense of historical detail conspire to cast a highly atmospheric spell in THE WITCH. It’s a strikingly achieved tale of a mid-17th-century New England family’s steady descent into religious hysteria and madness.
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