'The Witch' made quite an impression at Sundance. And admittedly it delivers on suspense and intrigue. It is almost enough to push you to the edge of your seat because the suspense comes from very disturbing turns in the movie. Turns the director, Robert Eggers, leads you toward in his unveiling of the story's darker side.
You truly keep expecting the worst possible outcome as these characters succumb to their most primal instincts. And when its over, like with any good horror movie, you find yourself left with more questions than answers. But I wouldn't come close to calling it the 'scariest movie' in years as others have stated. See quotes below.
- David Ehrlich from Time Out New York wrote: "The Witch is one of the most genuinely unnerving horror films in recent memory because Eggers has the guts to earn your fear."
Rodrigo Perez from The Playlist wrote: "A deeply impressive first film by director Robert Eggers, “The Witch” is immaculately constructed, evinces an exquisitely ominous tone, and is unequivocally haunting. It’s exacting look at the dissonance of human nature is terrifying."
I do have to say Mr Perez nailed it. Everything disturbing in the movie stems from the breakdown of the human condition and how quickly and totally fear can turn people against each other.
But in the end it feels more like a M. Night Shyamalan movie or even a 'Paranormal Activity'. --lots of suspense and little pay-off.....
**As for claims by the 'Satanic Temple' and others stating this movie is a true satanic experience, I leave it to you to decide. I am Indie Film Promoter
Synopsis: New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest - within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately - animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member's faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways. [A24].