I'm stoked to see this movie. Here is what I am hoping it is (and what it appears to be, based on the trailers): a historical horror movie that sticks close to sources from that era and what people thought witches were at that time; and with the witch being "real" in the context of the movie (i.e., not a hoax, or the overactive imaginations of religious zealots, etc.).
I want a witch that worships Satan, casts spells, summons demons, and sacrifices babies. Nothing modern or ironic or clever.
That game that I was playing THE WITCHER 3 had a full spectrum of witches from misunderstood midwives, magic-user persecution, dabblers of evil, full on child-eating hag humanoids and hag lesser goddesses.
I think the best film witch-wise that I've seen is HAXAN (1922). But the ending of ROSEMARY'S BABY is probably my all-time favorite witch scene (I sometimes chant that for laughs). Macbeth films are usually good for artier witch scenes.
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2016 7:27:59 GMT -5 by geneweigel
Yeah, Häxan is great and ROSEMARY'S BABY is a masterpiece. There is an English version of Häxan that was released in the 60's and narrated by William S. Burroughs and has maybe the oddest music scoring I've ever heard... Jazz?
I finally saw THE VVITCH and I enjoyed it. I'll hold off on commenting until everyone has had a chance to see it.
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2016 12:56:44 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
I bought the Blu Ray and watched it a second time. It has such great atmosphere and attention to detail, and the more I reflect on the story, the more I like it. As a detail-oriented portrayal of what 17th century settlers probably feared and believed -- and I think that is what it was aiming for -- THE VVITCH was very well done.
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I wrote earlier "I want a witch that worships Satan, casts spells, summons demons, and sacrifices babies. Nothing modern or ironic or clever." And that is what I got. I do like a horror movie with evil winning in the end, because you don't see that very often. That adds to the grimness. The title of "The Witch" could apply to the witch who lived in the woods, and also could apply to Thomasin, who becomes a witch by the end... and then we find out there is a whole coven of witches! So, this family never even knew what hit them or what they were up against... They never had a chance. The witches remain inscrutable and unknown. A more modern story telling style would show us more from the witches' points of view, and portray them with X-Men like super powers, which I think would only lessen the horror. Also, in addition to the supernatural threat, there were the mundane horrors of religious extremism, isolationism, hunger/poverty, grief of losing a child and the destruction of family from within. There were multiple layers going on within this story, and I thought it worked well.
Last Edit: Oct 30, 2016 12:31:53 GMT -5 by GRWelsh
I was looking for a new horror movie to watch for Halloween, but I ended up watching this one again. It really holds up for subsequent viewings. I know some people thought this was boring, but the attention to period detail keeps me engaged, it's just so impressive... If you think about it, this was the original American horror story... witches in the woods worshiping the Devil. People really believed this is what the world was like in the 17th century. What really makes it work for me is the period detail, immersive religiosity, and how they don't show too much of the witches.
But there's also this "You can't go back" feeling, in that you can't go back to that worldview which is what you need to do for this to be truly terrifying. If you could somehow show this to 17th century New England Puritans, they'd probably froth at the mouth and have seizures.
For something to truly be horror, it has to be a live possibility within your worldview.
Last Edit: Oct 31, 2018 16:42:15 GMT -5 by GRWelsh