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Monday, 4 July 2016

THE WITCH [2015]

The VVitch: A New England Folktale

Robert Eggers makes his feature-length directorial debut with the deeply disturbing and thoughtfully hypnotizing atmospheric horror film The VVitch.
Set in the early 1600's, it tells the tale of a New England family, who are banished from their Puritan settlement, only to settle deep in the woods where it appears some sort of evil is at work.
The film floods the viewer with a intense feeling of claustrophobia and dread by shooting the stark landscape in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio, using only natural lighting and a immensely creepy score from composer Mark Korven.  Studying the effects of blind religious hysteria, fear of the unknown and coming of age makes for a simple & quiet but very effective film that leaves a lasting effect.

4 creepy stalking bunnies out of 5

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