Newcomer director Robert Eggers brings his unusual and cruel vision onto the big screen with 'The Witch'. The film's sense of style is both frightening and beautiful, making it one of the better horror flicks to come out in years.
It may not get going uintil the first twenty minutes or so, but when it does, the Witch is truly frightening. It's a great groundbreaking indie horror flick that's a reminder of what the genre has to offer at its best. The witch is the Revenant in horror, because it's filled with breathtaking scenes that are both beautiful and frightening at the same time.
What work's best about the Witch is how thought provoking it is. It juggles with religion and family values that are rare to be scene in modern horror flicks. Like similar flicks, it's slow building thrills work wonders. As the film continues, the scarier it gets, pulling audiences deeper into its evil and dark world.
The scenes in the Witch is what makes it different from other recent day horror films. The settings with the colonial farm against those frightening woods are nerve racking, especially with the perfectly composed music. Yet at the same time, it's a wonderful thing to look as you really get to see what it was like for early day colonists.
The cast is also surprisingly well acted, especially newcomer Anya Taylor Joy as the films lead actress, Thomasin.
The Witch doesn't have special effects or jump scares-what it does offer is true horror that will please fans of the genre and then some. Even fans who don't like horror will enjoy this one as it's a historical piece that shows what early American settlement might have been like.
It brings to the screen ultimate evil that serves well that's surprisingly based on a true story, making it more scary, especially at the end.