As a film school graduate, and movie junkie with a soft spot in my heart for films about the strange, the weird and the occult (A few of my all time favorites, although there are so many good ones, too many to name - The Wicker Man (The 70s version, not the 90s Nicholas Cage version), Eyes Wide Shut, The House of the Devil, The Holy Mountain, Suspiria, Antichrist, and Rosemary's Baby (but tbh I have qualms with watching/supporting any Roman Polanski film, but there's no denying how good RB is....)) So, long story short this film was something I knew I would love before I even saw it.
When I first saw previews for The VVitch, I was intrigued but didn't get a chance to see it in the theatre (I wish I would have!) But we were driving home from Nashville last night and had to stop at the store to get cat food (of course) and green juice and I remembered it had just been released so I grabbed the DVD. Am I the only one who still buys DVD's? A friend once commented that Doug and I were single handedly supporting the DVD industry. I just like the idea of owning a physical copy of something, and I do like to get movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix but it just isn't the same! So, I grabbed a copy and we watched it after work today and I am wholly impressed.
I am going to preface this with the fact that this isn't a "Scary movie". By definition I would categorize it as a period piece with slow building horror that evokes heavy thought about spirituality, devotion, family, our history and the folk tales that weave themselves into that history. I don't want to say too much about it, since I think going into it knowing very little will make for the best viewing experience, but a puritan family in the 1600s is banished from their plantation and build a new life on a small farm next to a vast woods. From the moment they leave, their lives drastically change and forces that may or may not be real are working against them.
The cinematography is breathtaking, and not once was I taken out of the film. By halfway through, I was sitting on the edge of my seat enthralled. You easily become fully immersed in the world of this family and their trials and tribulations.
One of the things I loved the most about this film was the complex and often heart wrenching dynamics between the family members. We learned so much about each other them in such a short time period, that every scene became more and more believable and you, as an audience member, become more and more attached to the outcome. The time period doesn't matter, this movie could have taken place now, or in the future and the story would be the same. It's a story we all know and can all connect. Being an outcast, believing in something fiercely and then being tested, daily and having your whole world be flipped around without warning. It's intense to say the least.
I was really drawn in to this film and haven't stopped thinking about it since. Eerie, heart-wrenching,deep and thought provoking. This film forces you to slow down and just experience it at just the right pace. So, definitely watch this! At the end I still wanted more, and am probably going to watch it again before bed, so it's probably obvious that I loved it. Have you seen it? What did you think??