New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. 'The Witch' is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inconceivable evil.
The singing sound effect, with the female chorus wailing out ominously in the background, used when the family is looking into the trees of the forbidden Forrest, or when the witch is summoning and tempting Caleb to walk forward towards her outside her house, is very similar to the background sound effect with the chorus wailing out that Stanley Kubrick uses several times in 2001, when the apes see the monolith at the beginning of that movie, or when the astronaut Dave (Kier Duella) flies into the black hole at the ending into the realm of the Star Children. See more »
In several shots, ear piercing holes can be seen in Anya Taylor-Joy (Thomasin), when women of that era rarely wore jewelry. See more »
[before the court]
What went we out into this wilderness to find? Leaving our country, kindred, our fathers houses? We have travailed a vast ocean. For what? For what?
We must ask thee to be silent!
Was it not for the pure and faithful dispensation of the Gospels, and the Kingdom of God?
No more! We are *your* judges, and not you ours!
I cannot be judged by false Christians, for I have done nothing, save preach Christ's true Gospel.
Must you continue to dishonor the laws of the ...
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If people from the 17th Century could make a film about their deepest darkest horrors - it would look a lot like this movie! The Witch engrosses you in the time and place of its setting, it's a family drama, a horror and a folk tale. All interwoven together into a macabre ode of the times when people were frightened of the primeval darkness of the forests and the inexplicable twists of their wretched fates. Intense and gripping from the very beginning. With some of the most amazing acting I've seen by the youngest cast members. Fantastic movie for horror fans and a masterful period piece. I would recommend it highly to horror fans and fans of history and good cinema in general.
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