The Witch review.
written by Souranath Banerjee
The evil takes many forms and some of them you only wish you never knew of.
My ratings: 3.8/5
A puritan family banished from their community takes refuge by the edge of the forest, but soon their newborn baby disappears, the crops fail too, and then the witch-hunt begins!
The Witch is a long anticipated film for the fans of the horror genre; heard too many good things about it and the praises seem legit enough.
1630, New England, Black magic and a poor but devout Christian family getting possessed – well, this almost entirely sums up the basic story line but thankfully the USP of this film is not its predictable narrative.
The Witch is more of an experience of terror that mostly isn’t directly visible on-screen. The horror can be felt through the helplessness of the family and their desperate attempts to seek out the witch in them.
Director/writer Robert Eggers has done a great job recreating the seventeenth century, a period that was suffocated with superstitions, sorceries and which-crafts.
I wish the story could have been a bit more than just a folklore and the ending a more definitive one, but then again the creep factor in the film simply trumps over all other aspects!
It is said that Stephen King was terrified watching The Witch but the real question is – what about you?
Poster courtesy: www.impawards.com