the witch movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This haunting horror tale is awfully twisted, dark and should be left to mature teens. Created by Robert Eggers, The Witch (stylised as The VVitch) is spectacular, but very disturbing.


When a Puritan family set up a farm next to a huge remote forest in 1630s New England, they are torn apart by sinister forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

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Movie details

Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger
Writer: Robert Eggers
Release Date (Australia): 6 August 2015
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong supernatural themes and disturbing scenes, including the demonic possession of children and supernatural threat.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains disturbing scenes that feature bloody depictions of a man being attacked by a goat and a woman being briefly stabbed with a cleaver.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film features infrequent use of the words “damn”, “hell”, “bitch”, “slut” and “whore”.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief depictions of full frontal female nudity and buttocks nudity.

mpaa rating

R (for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Robert Eggers uses his dark mind to execute awfully dark twists throughout his unique independent horror tale with a supernatural psychological aspect above the roof. And the expression of “roof” simply defines a small area in which immensely rare hidden gems are located. The environment of the 1630s New England is just where the cold-blooded tone begins, with a Puritan family setting on a farm on the edge of a forest, before things become darkly sinister.

Eggers’ direction of the movie, in addition to the old-styled aspect ratio and the cold flavour, is absolutely astonishing and touches the effect. It’s a filmmaking that you’ll never forget within the history of cinema. The Witch is also a horror movie that’s difficult to label as “scary”, considering it’s more psychologically chilling, but the twists are awfully dark and very disturbing, making it a suitable choice for mature teens.

Anya Taylor-Joy is equally as mind-blowing as the twists in this movie. There is not one moment in this film in which a performance is mildly dull. Despite the moving plot and the phenomenal ideas, it’s easy to understand why so many viewers will describe it as a slow-burn. It’s not at all meant to involve quick movement, it’s only meaning to be solid. This independent horror film’s ideas are formed from a dark mind.

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