Monday, February 22, 2016

The Witch (2015)

Director: Robert Eggers. Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie. 92 min. Rated R. USA/UK/Canada/Brazil. Horror.

From Snow White to Blair Witch, witches and forests have always gone hand-in-hand to create creepy horror stories. And I don't remember any horror movie set as old as 400 years ago, so the barely understandable English dialogue adds to the other-worldly creepiness. But even though the disturbing final scene is one of the most mind-bending in recent memory, 48 hours later, I feel the movie's (intentionally) moody slow pace to reach that incredible ending was a struggle. The Witch is great only if assessed as a whole, seen in one sitting, without a single interruption.

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