The Reel Review


This psychological horror, based on actual stories from 1630 New England, follows a family exiled from their religious colony to a new, less Puritanical life of misfortune near an ominous looking forest.

First time director Robert Eggers is meticulous with detail – from an effectively mundane, bleak setting, a sometimes hard-to-follow English dialect, and a super creepy score – and it pays off, painting a brutish existence for our spooked out settlers that leaves you wondering whether there truly is an evil witch in their big backyard or if it is a mass hallucination based on isolation, emotional stress and superstition.

If you are looking for jump out of your seat scares, you will be sorely disappointed. But if you are in the mood for a spine-tingling head trip, you are in for a treat.

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