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The Witch: A New-England Folktale (2015) - Robert Eggers

I had originally been interested in The Witch, from a few spots that I had seen online. I actually thought that this would have been more of a Dogme 95 type film and I was mistaken. But that's not a bad thing. I was also allured by the interesting setting and amazing cinematography. It appears to be a really pretty movie.

The setting is New England in 1630. A puritanical family is banished from their village and forced to live on a farm out deep into the dark and ominous forest. The family is quite large. A husband and wife with five children, a dog named Valor, a large goat named Black Phillip and various other farm animals. Something sinister is lurking around the family. Children start getting abducted and the family starts straining. Chatter of a witch starts. Could a witch be doing all of this? Creating such havoc in these people's lives.

This movie is beautifully shot and incredibly frightening. The lighting is dramatic and foreboding but completely natural. In fact th…