'The Witch': Movie Review.

'The Witch'follows the unraveling of a God-fearing family who've been exiled from a community of Puritan settlers in the 1600's. The family, who is led by William (Ralph Ineson) a devoted father and husband, pack up all of their belongings and settle their homestead near a dark forest to start anew. However, something sinister is hiding in the dark forest and when the youngest child, Samuel, vanishes during a game of peek-a-boo with the eldest sister, Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), all hell literally breaks loose.

The children's mother Katherine (Kate Dickie) spirals into a dark hole of depression at the disappearance of her baby and blames their misfortune on their dwindling faith in God and departure from the Puritan settlement. When the crops begin to fail, William desperately tries to save his family from starvation while trying to hide his guilt and pridethat encouraged their banishment. Thomasin, a young girl approaching womanhood, is constantly blamed for the family's misfortune and tormented by her youngest twin siblings who were told by "Black Phillip", a black, horned goat, that she is a witch.

The only person who seems to trust Thomasin is younger brother Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw), a good-hearted boy who is curious about his older sister's budding sexuality and fearful of his faith and devotion to God. Ultimately, the film explores fear of isolation and starvation in the expansive wilderness along with other themes that would frighten any Puritan including; independent women, sexuality, temptation, seduction and dark possession.

Robert Eggers 'The Witch' is an authentic Puritan horror tale.

Robert Eggers, a former production designer, and first-time director, expertly delivers the film in a way that draws the audience into the world of a 17th century Puritan family. He allows the viewer to feel just as isolated and fearful of the dark with bleak scenery and eerie imagery. The family speaks entirely in Old English using phrases such as "Thou,"Thee" and "Dost", which may seem hard to comprehend at first but adds to the authenticity of the period.

The set designs and costumes are believable and beautiful.

"The Witch" is not your typical horror movie. Eggers doesn't use the cliched "jump scares" or special effects to frighten you. Fear is produced from the family's slow progression into madness, stemming from their fear of God and Satanic forces. This is more of a fairytale or folktale similar to Hansel and Gretel meant to teach children an important lesson about defying their parents, venturing alone into the dark forest or forgetting to recite prayers at night because sin may be forgiven but the consequences are severe.

Watch the eerie trailer for 'The Witch'

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