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Anya Taylor-Joy as Thomasin in The Witch, a film about the paranormal forces that might be stalking a small group living on the outskirts of society.

3.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Robert Eggers
Directed by
Robert Eggers
Starring
Anya-Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Genre
Horror
Classification
14A
Country
USA
Language
English

A feature debut of startling confidence, Robert Eggers's The Witch is not only an excellent horror film, but also a captivating study in extreme paranoia and the fragile bonds of family.

Set in 17th-century New England (and filmed just a few hours outside of Toronto), the film follows the travails of a small God-fearing clan living on the outskirts of society – and the paranormal forces that might be stalking them.

The tension all leads up to a dark confrontation between the stoic patriach William (Ralph Ineson) and his teenage daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), which will redefine the concept of familial strife.

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Disturbing and taut, Eggers's direction is almost without fault. His only mistake lies in the film's final 30 seconds, where all the implied horror of the family's plight becomes just a shade too explicit.

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