Horror films about demonic possession have become fairly routine, with CGI-filled climaxes set to over-the top sound effects. The makers of The Witch turned it back a notch.
The tale is set in New England on the early 1600s, when it was still a colony of religious zealots who fled Europe to live on their own. The script, according to text at the end of the film, is adapted from legends and documents, with some dialogue coming from contemporary accounts of witchcraft incidents.
Writer-director Robert Eggers tries to take the audience to that time, with the omnipresent evil that threatened the settlers depicted as they would have imagined it, and not as a special-effects extravaganza. Almost every aspect of the film is unsettling.
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(Still of Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch)