The Witch

The Witch

Blu-ray Disc - 2016
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A family in 1630s New England faces destruction by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another.
Publisher: [Santa Monica, California] : Lionsgate, [2016]
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY WITCH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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A slow burner. And worth the wait.

A family in colonial New England is terrorized by forces of black magic.


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jsinaz
Nov 18, 2018

Nicely filmed and an apparently accurate look at the New England of the 17th century during the "witch" panic where witchcraft, witches, hobgoblins and other supernatural manifestations were actually believed in by the masses of Calvinist Puritans of the time. Good movie, but it doesn't seem to know what it is: a supernatural horror picture or an honest look at the goings on in that time period. Very dark and brooding, very atmospheric of the time, and an interesting first film for the young director. They did a great job considering the low-budget, indie realization.

LPL_LoganI Oct 17, 2018

Genuinely worth watching! A suspenseful period piece that will leave you so very grateful that rational civilization exists around you.

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blkops33
Sep 24, 2018

Loved it!!! More Horror films should be as half asgod as this!!!

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COURIER3
Jun 29, 2018

Dull, boring. Too many dark scenes. Could not understand the actors dialogue. Lots of fast forwards did not help. I believe some patrons make up false ratings. I wanted to see how people survived in the 1600's

JCLIanH Jun 29, 2018

One of the best horror movies in recent memory. What makes The Witch work so well is how director Robert Eggers shoots the film with total realism. It makes for a truly unnerving experience, and a fascinating look at the superstitions of earliest America.

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lavasushi
Jun 22, 2018

I think this is a superbly acted film about 17th Century New England. I didn’t think of it as “horror” as much as a reenactment of the harshness of reality in such a bleak atmosphere. Not knowing the actors, their spouses, their arrests and salaries, increases my love of the film.
I agree completely with the review of jeffn March 26, 2018

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ninanna
Jun 08, 2018

I appreciated the folklore and historical aspect of the movie but found it lacking in more detailed practical aspects of everyday life - I really doubt the family hoped to survive the winter with a couple of goats and one hen.

People who liked this movie would probably like watching a Russian movie "Viy" based on a story by Nikolai Gogol, a great 19th Century writer who wrote in Russian but used rich Ukrainian folklore in his earlier stories. The movie is in the catalogue.

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mr_chocolate
Apr 17, 2018

Good acting and interesting concept, but for me falls short of being a really good film. It was as if the writer, director wasn't sure of whether he wanted to create a film of a family going stir crazy, or if something else was dictating events in this family disaster film.
Special Features does provide a look at the accuracy of the film, clothing, cabin and way of life, followed by a Q&A with the director/writer, Robert Eggers, and actress, Anya Taylor-Joy (2016's Morgan, Split, and Barry).

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jeffn
Mar 26, 2018

I am particularly intrigued by an intent of this film to show the belief in witches prevalent in the 16th century, even among deeply religious people...
Today we still have a fascination with witch stories, particularly those penned by billionaire authors like J.K. Rollins.
Interestingly, before copyright protection, 'books' like the bible had another key utility i.e. the mass control of society, something they have lost considerably in the last half century... at least in western society.
It is absolutely amazing that myth and superstition has still gripped large swaths of unquestioning folk - even today. The film VVitches holds out some hope to questioning, thinking modern folk that others will shed their final archaic beliefs in entities that they cannot prove, still insist exist based on 'faith', and still wield control over their lives.
Fear of religion promoted punishment or banishment should not and is not a requirement for decent people to behave properly to one another.
VVitches gives hope that a final shedding of all religions is possible, particularly those that promote distrust and judgement towards others.
Forgiveness and understanding, towards all men on earth is possible without ANY religion.

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MontMoroc
Feb 21, 2018

Lame movie- it doesn't succeed as an art movie, nor does it succeed as a horror film. In the end you're left with a boring ( though historically accurate ) pretentious vacuum.

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