I'm not much of a fan of horror movies because it's so rare we see anything different or innovative in that genre. That's what makes "The Witch" the real deal.
Don't go into it expecting jump scares or buckets of blood. Instead, there's a heavy sense of dread covering it like fog in the woods, as it pulls you into its world and tightens its grip on you slowly.
Set in New England in 1630, decades before the Salem Witch Trials, it's the story of a Puritan family forced to live on their own, and they soon realize someone or something is after them.
No more plot details from this critic, only to say first time writer and director Robert Eggers crafts a nerve-wrenching atmosphere, shot gorgeously utilizing natural light. The dialogue in his screenplay sounds like poetry at times, and it makes us invest in these characters which makes moments of torture that much more agonizing.
The cast is wonderful, too, especially Ralph Inseson as the father, and Anya Taylor-Joy the eldest daughter.
There's a lot to discuss here from filmmaking, thematic and theological standpoints. In fact, the Satanic Temple has endorsed it, which may not be a selling point for most.
"The Witch" is an incredibly effective mood piece that continued to marinate in my mind long after the credits rolled.