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Today (2/19) The Witch gets a wide release in theaters nation wide. The film written and directed by Robert Eggers first premiered at Sundance last year as well as at Fantastic Fest here in Austin. After a plethora of rave reviews from both festivals, it was looking like this horror film was going to be 2015's It Follows/The Babadook. And it kind of is. I will say that the film will suffer slightly due to it's ungodly amount of praise. People will get overhyped and not enjoy the movie as much as they might if they went in with tempered expectations.
The Witch is a slow paced, atmospheric, and psychological horror film set in 1630's New England. It circulates around a religious family living on the outskirts of land near this very ominous woods. Soon panic and despair envelops a farmer and his wife and their four children when the youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes.
I equate this film to a Lars von Trier "amish" horror film. If you get that analogy... I'm proud of you.
This is a slow burning, beautifully shot, and chilling film about paranoia, black magic, religious beliefs being tested, and family. There are maybe only 3 jump scares. This is NOT like any other horror movie most modern audiences are gonna be used to. This movie demands your attention and will give you a great payoff if you do so. The performances across the board are phenomenal. Most importantly the main girl Thomasin played impeccably by Anya Taylor Joy is the stand out role. She is new to the screen to me and she immediately became an actress that will surely be on my watch out for list.
I got to see this movie ahead of it's wide release at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz here in Austin TX for the podcast I produce FilmGeekArmy. Alongside me was creator of the aforementioned podcast JJ Castillo. Whom you all may very well know from RT of course. We went to this early screening as it was brought to us here in Austin by none other than the Satanic Temple. Yes that's right... the Satanic Temple and their head-spokes woman Jex Blackmore came to Austin TX to host this special screening of The Witch and even host a Satanic Ritual after the screening. JJ and I were sitting next to each other and were skeptical as to whether or not we'd go to this ritual. I personally wasn't going to go out of my own beliefs and it just felt weird to me. I dug the idea behind it "marketing" wise. But Jex Blackmore and the rest of the Satanic Temple endorsed The Witch like it was this film to behold in the stance of Satanism. By the end of the flick, JJ and I looked at each other and couldn't quite understand why this was the Satanic Temple's "Hail Mary" of a film when in all honesty it turned both of us away from even considering going to the ritual that was going to be taking place 3 blocks away from the theater.
In the end, the initial screening was a blast and the idea of having a Satanic Ritual take place after the movie was kinda cool to me despite my lack of interest. If you're into horror and or want to test your horror limits on something a little unconventional, then I HIGHLY recommend you check out The Witch.
It is in theaters now everywhere
Here is an article written by my friend Trace Thurman of Bloody-Disgusting.com who was also at the screening... and he went to the Satanic Ritual. So you can read all about his experience with that here
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