The Witch | Chicago Reader

The Witch

In the tradition of William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973), this chilling low-budget horror movie taps into the same temporal fear that sparks religious feeling. A New England farmer (Ralph Ineson), cast out of his Puritan community for heresy, repairs with his wife and children to a cold and remote forest clearing, where privation and the mysterious disappearance of the infant child begins to eat away at them. The oldest child (Anya Taylor-Joy in a fiercely focused performance) confesses early on that she's violated all God's commandments in thought, and as the elements begin to grind her parents down, she senses a supernatural temptation. Writer-director Robert Eggers (who based his dialogue on historical records) makes good use of the wild northern Ontario country where this was shot, draining the woods of life with a cold, gray color palette.

Credits

Director:

  • Robert Eggers

Cast:

  • Anya Taylor-Joy
  • Ralph Ineson
  • Kate Dickie
  • Harvey Scrimshaw
  • Ellie Grainger
  • Lucas Dawson
  • Bathsheba Garnett
  • Sarah Stephens
  • Julian Richings
  • Wahab Chaudhry

Producers:

  • Jay Van Hoy
  • Lars Knudsen
  • Jodi Redmond
  • Daniel Bekerman
  • Rodrigo Teixeira
  • Lourenco Sant'Anna
  • Sophie Mas
  • Michael Sackler
  • Julia Godzinskaya
  • Chris Columbus
  • Eleanor Columbus
  • Alex Sagalchik
  • Alexandra Johnes
  • Jonathan Bronfman
  • Thomas Benski
  • Lucas Ochoa

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