Horror Movies: The VVitch

There’s something off about that goat…

Lillian Shannon
October 2, 2020

As we get closer to the Halloween season, scary movies are going to be watched more frequently. Fan of horror or not, this series of articles will review strictly horror movies and nothing less. 

To begin, we start off strong with The VVitch: A New-England Folktale. The VVitch was released in 2015 and was written and directed by Robert Eggers. It stars Anya Taylor-Joy (who you may know from the movie Split), Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie. It was a highly successful film, grossing just over $40 million with a budget of $4 million. 

According to writer Simon Abrams, The VVitch “advertises itself as “a New England folktale” instead of a fairy tale. Fairy tales are… parables that prescribe moral values.” Robert Eggers chose to focus on a feminist viewpoint and how life was in Colonial America while he was writing this film. It is described as“ an ensemble drama about a faithless family on the verge of self-destruction. And… the patriarchal stresses that lead to women’s disenfranchisement” (Simon Abrams, rogerebert.com). 

This movie takes place in seventeenth-century New England. Plot wise, teenage Thomasin and her family are cast out of their community run by the Puritan church and forced to live on a farm where money is scarce and crops are failing. After Thomasin is accused of witchcraft by her siblings, her family begins to fall apart due to seemingly paranormal circumstances.

Personally, I give this movie an 8.5 out of 10. It is perfect to get into the Halloween spirit but it is not for the faint-hearted. I recommend this movie for true horror fans. The soundtrack, the costumes, the set, and the acting are all equally mind blowing. If you would like to learn more, I recommend watching YouTuber Deadmeat’s Kill Count review of this film!

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