The VVitch is my new horror fave

Cover image for The Witch: the silhouette of a person with long hair standing in a moonlit forestA little late to the party, I know, but I finally got around to watching Robert Eggers’ directorial debut, The VVitch (which I’m just going to be calling The Witch from here on out)! And it is very very good, slow-build horror.

The Witch takes place in 1630s New England, where a family is being banished from their Puritan community for theological differences. William, Katherine, and their four children set out alone to try to eke out a living in the wilderness. Katherine has a fifth child, but the baby is stolen, and ultimately the family descends ever deeper into a spiral of fear and suspicion (of the woods surrounding them, and eventually of each other as well).

The movie explores many complicated themes, including the effects of long-term isolation on the human psyche, the power of faith, and ultimately with the kinds of fear and paranoia that can result when people seek desperately to explain the hardships life throws at them. It’s a story that could have played out the same way regardless of whether there really is a witch out there in the woods, and for me that’s where the real horror lies (though I also loved the unabashedly uncivilized and otherwordly glimpses we get into the witching world!)

Kasey K

About Kasey K

Kasey is a Youth Services Information Assistant at the Vellore Village Library. Kasey can be a bit all-over-the-place, but is especially interested in horror, science fiction, psychology, and social justice. They are also a cross-stitcher, an occasional gamer, and a parent.

2 thoughts on “The VVitch is my new horror fave

  1. This is a great movie! Not at all what I expected but it definitely made me think. I loved that you’re not really sure who the evil ones are, the witches or the people. I would’ve definitely left that family and joined the coven, to be honest.

  2. Personally, I’m waffling a bit as to whether I liked the movie or not. I really loved the premise, and the fact that regardless of whether the witch actually existed or not, the events did keep happening (think self-fulfilling prophecies) – which is something to keep in mind, because our very beliefs do have an influence on outside events – but there were certain scenes that I realize probably had to be put in there for the sake of including most of the popular folklore surrounding witches (e.g. the gathering of witches at the end) that seemed rather awkward in comparison to the rest of the film. Although I think the main takeaway from the movie for me might just be that I need to reconsider my dream of having pet goats.

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