The VVitch: A New England Folktale

The VVitch: A New England Folktale (2015)
Dir. Robert Eggers
R / 1h 32m / Horror
Sundance Directing Award Winner (2015) – Drama, Robert Eggers
Gotham Independent Film Award Winner (2015) – Breakthrough Actor, Anya Taylor-Joy

Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

I really, really, really enjoyed The VVitch. I want everyone to see it to appreciate it and love it and learn from it and be creeped out by it.

Had to watch with the subtitles on to follow closest – as it deserves – this film is dialogue heavy in an old tongue. It is slower paced but it keeps you interested with haunting imagery and equally haunting music (almost identical to that of 2001: a Space Odyssey (1968), I might add.) It appears that the whole film is shot in natural light, which is one of my biggest loves in film.

A family of seven is outcast to the edge of the woods where they must make a living to survive. It’s quaint and they have each other to get by but after a mysterious disappearance of the youngest, a strange possession of the middle child, and an outrageous accusation with the oldest, when the twins start singing about the black Phillip, you shouldn’t turn your back to those woods.

I don’t know if I would really call The VVitch a horror movie, maybe it’s more of an introspect into how humans deal with loss and fear and the unknown but it has definitely earned its place as a staple in my October line up and top favorite films of all time.

10/10

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