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Eerie, sexual, and absorbing.
Rarely does a horror movie enthusiast wander into a movie theater with high hopes and her rosary. Yet here I was anxious, excited, and nervous for my day date with The Witch.
It is eerie, sexual, and absorbing. Not scary nor terrible. It is in short an authentic representation of a Puritan family exiled for conflicted religious beliefs. A father and a mother with their five children fated to make despairing choices. An uninviting wood side lends for their hazy backdrop.
Soon into the movie witchy folklore snaps into focus and the story takes a dark turn. The family is infested with deceit, temptation, and guilt. The characters become untrustworthy and the horrible events nudge you to pick sides.
The devil and his sister take a backseat most of the film. He and she are always there, but their presence requires viewer interpretation. At the end, I left not questioning what happened but questioning why I liked it so much. You reluctantly admire the damsel and just accept what happens next.
The Witch is definitely worth playing hooky from work to go watch. If you want to meet the Devil in the most simplistic cinematic form…go see The Witch.