Overall Rating: 4/5
April 1, 2016
Dir. Robert Eggers
Rated R (for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity)
The Witch is a memorable horror film, one that is thoroughly unnerving throughout. Even horror veterans may be impressed by its unique ability to frighten.
Having said that, know that this is not at all a typical horror film. Many horror fans may actually have trouble enjoying this film, which is a strange thing to say, but I think you’ll understand what I mean if you’ve seen this unconventional film. There are some stylistic choices that may turn many off. For instance, many have complained that the period speech used for dialogue was very difficult to understand, which is something I can agree with. But…
With that warning out of the way, I will say that this is probably the best horror film of the year. It uses its setting and characters to create a dreadful tone which stays front and center and will follow you long after the end credits roll. This success is largely due to an extreme attention to detail, stand-out acting, and the use of excellent filming techniques. I can’t site too specifically what it is that the film-makers did such a good job doing without giving away major aspects of the film’s story, but know that this is a uniquely high quality horror film that you will remember.