Anthologies of Terror 2017

This book includes 63 horror anthology film reviews. The movies are sorted in order of preference. The ranking of each film is established by the sum of 7 ratings: stars, gimmick, rewatchability, story, creativity, acting and quality.

Each film description contains a synopsis, a list of attributed genres, pertinent moods, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

The Witch

A 1630’s New England family is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft and a supernatural evil.

 

United States
Canada
United Kingdom
2015
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Animals: 
Goat
Relative: 
Father
Catastrophes: 
Famine
6
Fall under the spell!
5.04
5.04
7.04
6
1
2
2
Performances
Pace
Dialog
In 1630’s New England, a family of puritans undergo the deepest mindfuck. We’re exposed to the same mystery they are, and we try to make sense of it all. Some answers may never come, and some will require all your attention. The family is haunted by the fear and ravages of starvation, excommunication, and sin. Their crops are dying, and so are they.
There are biblical allegories at every turn, and witchcraft thrown in for good measure. Robert Eggers, writer and director, wants to relate history more than he wants to scare. On one hand, he will alienate a portion of horror fandom, with a hybrid of genres; on the other, his film is an award magnet. The Witch has excellent actors, a good script, and looks inexpensive.
The vocabulary and the grammar are period accurate. At least, they seem to be. Lots of research went in there. You might want to turn on subtitles. How they got kids to speak the dialect is beyond me. If you’re contemplating this movie like you would a conventional horror movie, you’re going to be reaching for milestones that aren’t there. You can count the scares on one hand.
Alternate Titles: 
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale
The VVitch
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