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The Witch (2015)

The Witch (2015)

"The Witch" is unpleasant in the way a good horror film should be. There are scenes that will make you squirm in your seat, cover your eyes and hope to god that what you're seeing will be over quickly.

That's not so much terror and fear as it is a normal response to watching some seriously messed up shit on a ginormous screen. It's gross, but rarely is it as suspenseful as it thinks it is. "The Witch" boasts a magnificent score, but I never wondered "what's next" because, well...we already knew, sort of.

I don't think it's a spoiler to say there IS a witch in this film — that much is revealed within the first 15 minutes. So this hemming and hawing about whether or not Thomasin is The Witch isn't particularly compelling — we already know she isn't.

The film's themes about love, religion, fear and the trio's tight bond were well told, but would have been more effective had so much information not been given to the audience right from the jump. We never had a chance to get into the character's shoes — we were never a part of the film. Instead, we watched in horror as terrifically bad, if unsurprising, shit happened to a bunch of religious fanatics in 1600 New England.

None of this makes "The Witch" a bad movie; far from it. It just keeps it from becoming a great one.

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak (2015)