BySteven Belknap, writer at
Over the decade my interest in films has grown to where I would like to express how movies are an influence and a reflection of our society
Steven Belknap

The Witch Review

I don't watch too many horror/suspense films, but I'd rather watch a suspense than a comedy. I digress, the film The Witch takes place in early 1600's New England, and story goes that a puritan family is forced to move away from a plantation. The family builds a home in a meadow with deep woods very close by. They establish themselves a farm and necessary amenities. The story truly starts when the eldest daughter is playing peek a boo with her baby brother while her parents are doing necessary chores. After one of the moments, the baby is gone. From here the story progresses.

The movie is like a slow burn, it has moments that are very suspenseful and a lot of quiet moments, but the slow burn is necessary because it is at the end that I was truly shocked and frightened by what I saw within the film.

The acting within the film was quite strong. All major character performances were outstanding. It is some of the best period piece acting I have seen in a long time. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin, Ralph Ineson as William, Kate Dickie as Katherine, and Harvey Scrimshaw as Caleb. If I were to say who had the best performance it would probably be a tie between Scrimshaw's Caleb and Dickie's Katherine. In one scene with Scrimshaw being at the center focus, he does a performance as his character that is so frighteningly scary that I was afraid to watch a bit.

A strong aspect of the film was the music. Music is necessary within a suspenseful film, but this film is not an ordinary suspense film. Its like a normal drama film with large amounts of suspense and the music that accompanied it, well lets just say it was one of those things that made the movie really good.

Overall the movie is quite good. The use of music accompanying the already eerie and suspenseful setting made the movie fantastic. The dialogue and language of the film also improved the film greatly. I will give this film a solid 8 out of 10. Now if you don't believe it deserves such a score, the movie did so well, that it got an award for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival.


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