The Witch: Under its spell

I’ve been dying to see Robert Eggers’ directorial debut The Witch since first hearing murmurs of the “New England Folktale” as it debuted at festivals. And as it drew closer to wide release the nonstop chatter surrounding the film saw my excitement build, as I wondered if it could be this year’s It Follows.

And after finally seeing it on Friday, I can say that it is… and it isn’t. See, it isn’t like normal horror films as it comes to the scares. The Witch is very atmospheric and slowly builds, feeling almost suffocating with its Puritan values, desperate confusion, and the crushing guilt thrown at its characters.

The story follows Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), the teenaged daughter of a family banned from their Puritan community after their father’s “proud” acts, leaving them isolated as they set up a new home in front of unfamiliar woods.

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Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

I have to admit, I rolled my eyes a bit when I heard they were making a third Insidious film. I’m sure a lot of people did. But after watching *cue dramatic music that makes you jump out of your theater seat* Insidious: Chapter 3, I feel a little put in my place.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not like it’s the best movie ever made, but then again, horror films never are — of course unless you count Silence of the Lambs as a horror, but I think most people file that one under thriller. Either way, it’s fantastic.

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