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The Witch

HD   R Closed Captioning

Robert Eggers

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About the Movie

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member's faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 292
  • Fresh: 265
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Witch" feels at once sticky with tangible detail and numinous with suggestion. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Feb 22, 2016

Fresh: The Witch is sparing in its use of special effects and generates suspense and foreboding through what is suggested rather than what is seen. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Feb 29, 2016

Fresh: In the tradition of William Friedkin's The Exorcist, this chilling low-budget horror movie taps into the same temporal fear that sparks religious feeling. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Feb 29, 2016

Fresh: A powerful example of minimalist horror film-making at its best, where less is definitely more and mood proves itself infinitely more unsettling and unnerving than visual effects. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, May 14, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Such a tense flick.

While nothing on screen was visually scary (other than a few 'jump scares') the atmosphere and the attitude of the actors made for a VERY tense viewing all around.

tl;dr - Creepy af tho


Disregard the previous comment: there was no jump scares in this movie - and that’s OK! Nowadays, the horror genre focuses too hard on either the gore (ahem…SAW) or the jump scares, when really all you need to understand is the real definition of horror. Mr. Eggers does exactly that. Building off of the Puritan repression, this small family soon finds itself in it’s own personal hell as things take a supernatural turn as winter begins to approach. This film was by far one of my favorite horror movies in such a long time, for it isn’t “OMG THAT WAS SO TERRIFYING” of a film, it’s more of an unsettling/disturbing, makes you think, gets your skin crawling, biting your lip because you’re nervous sort of film. This folklore of a scary movie is definitely one I’ll see again and again, as well as push on other horror fans, while definitely buying my own copy. Loved it.


Although a little over hyped I will say this is an exceptionally well made film esp for a first time director. The performances are solid, the score is tense, and visually unsettling. Overall I found this movie to be more depressing than scary, but it is original and its best horror film I've seen since "It Follows" last year! Definitely worth watching once, but I don't think I would watch it again. 7/10

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2016

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