Title: ‘The VVitch: A New-England Folktale’
Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
In 17th century’s New England, a family of seven settles right next to a forest inhabited by dark supernatural forces.
For the past year or so, Robert Eggers’ feature debut has been one of the most talked-about movies in the horror circles. Now, let’s get one thing straight: ‘The VVitch’ is fully deserving of the rave reviews it got from critics, but it’s not a film that will please all audiences.
I warn you: ‘The VVitch’ is a very slow slowburner, and a whole different beast from what you have (probably) ever seen. Unlike your usual Hollywood scary flick, the supernatural menace is rarely shown on screen, but it’s hauntingly and suffocatingly present, almost palpable. Even if unseen, you can feel it watching from the trees, through the animals, and that feeling evokes an uneasing sense of vulnerability that makes for one of the strongest suit of the movie.
The cast’s performances perfectly convey the paranoia, the hysteria and the isolation driving the characters into despair and setting the family members against one another.
‘The VVitch: A New-England Folktale’ is a very unique, refined horror film relying on psychological terror and oppressing atmospheres. A breath of fresh air in the landscape of a genre in desperate need of real quality and substance.