Release date: 11 March 2016
Running time: 92 min
Director: Robert Eggers
Starring: Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Harvey Scrimshaw
Robert Eggers’ directorial debut is more assured than those with double his experience. An incredibly bleak and spine-chilling folktale, The Witch‘s darkest moments nestle in your subconscious like the remnants of a lingering nightmare. A million miles away from the cheap scares of your average horror, Eggers instead prefers to slowly ease in the tension as if a python slowly constricting his prey. It recalls the bizarre paganism of The Wicker Man, as well as recent frontier stories like The Homesman and even the more effective elements of Shyamalan’s The Village, but remains a fascinating piece in its own right.