New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. 'The Witch' is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inconceivable evil.
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[before the court]
What went we out into this wilderness to find? Leaving our country, kindred, our fathers houses? We have travailed a vast ocean. For what? For what?
We must ask thee to be silent!
Was it not for the pure and faithful dispensation of the Gospels, and the Kingdom of God?
No more! We are *your* judges, and not you ours!
I cannot be judged by false Christians, for I have done nothing, save preach Christ's true Gospel.
Must you continue to dishonor the laws of the ...
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The idea of a horror/thriller taking place in 17th century England would be reason enough to see The Witch, but there's much more here than just an interesting premise on offer here.
The Witch tells the story of an isolated family tormented by a witch. It seems like a fairly basic plot which it kind of is, but the way the movie presents itself makes every twist and plot point feel great. There are a few small things that really helped make the movie that much more immersive like the Shakespearean dialogue, the greyish filter, and the surprisingly good child actor performances.
There's nothing inherently wrong with The Witch, but I felt like it was a bit slow at certain points. There's about maybe half an hour of semi-filler that could be cut out without really hurting the movie too much.
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