A scientist who uses voodoo to condition rebellious punkers into mindless insects [beetles & mantises] is pit against the hypnotic allure of capitalism. A business owner hires the scientist to work his magic on the business owner's son but this backfires as the son [who is mostly shown sprawled out in a trance on a medical table in nothing but tighty whities] becomes infatuated w/ the scientist's assistant who is quite unfortunately a white actress playing an Indian woman. Despite a couple hiccups, the performances are decent, the film a near visual manifesto with interesting ideas, The Age of Insects...I liked it!
Let's get this out of the way, The Witch is a horror film, you can put it in all of your other subcategories but, at its very core--it's a genre film whether you feel comfortable with the classification or not.
This film covers the horrors of colonialism, emigration, religious conviction, starvation, witch trials, patriarchy, puberty, loss, and if methodically exposing each of these very horrifying real life tribulations isn't terrifying and alarming enough, there's a god damn witch and evil…
After having over a meter (3 feet for my fellow Americans) of snow fall on us in just a few days, the isolated and trapped feeling gave us great cause to want to watch the ultimate cabin fever-in the depth of winter film. Regardless of how many times one has seen The Shining, it never loses that overwhelming sense of dread.
As soon as Jack Torrance is in frame, that uneasy feeling takes over. I feel as though I wish…