A demonically good film expertly directed by Robert Eggers, The Witch is set in New England in the 1630s and centers on a family (husband, wife & five children) who become exiled from a gated community and eventually decide to settle in a remote spot near a vast forest. They build their home, tend their crops, and raise their goats & chickens until the baby in the family vanishes and the family fears there are dark forces at work in the wood or perhaps closer to home. Filled with such religious mania the fervor mounts and a series of disturbing images begin to fill you with dread. The attractive older daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) finds a bloody fetus in a chicken's egg, the little twins dance and chant with their black ram, the son Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) encounters a malevolent, seductive witch in the woods. The ominous sense of diabolical powers at work eventually overwhelms and the finale is jaw-dropping and fabulous. There's a frightening, fable-like, feel to this bewitching tale.

The Witch opens this Friday, February 19th

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