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#1 Penrose

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 12:49 PM

I tried to search around and haven't found a topic on The Witch yet. The film was shown I believe at a few film festivals last year but won't be officially released (at least 'nationwide' U.S.) until February 19th this year. I think it looks fantastic and already have plans to go see it with the boyfriend. I've also heard good reviews.

Anybody else see the trailer? Thoughts?

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#2 ScyldisBlackbriar

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 06:53 PM

I love the aesthetics, and period pieces in general... but I have conflicting feelings. Unless there is some spin to the film, I don't think we need any more harmful stereotypes about witches. Not that there is anything WRONG with being an old hag in the woods making mischief... (some of us hags ASPIRE to this :wink: ) but I guess I live in close enough proximity to people who want to bring back the burning times. This is where I'm grateful to our fluffy Wiccan friends! They're loud about their "love and light" morality stuff and help paint a diverse picture of witchcraft and make it safer for a lot of us.

But like I said, maybe the film has a twist? Maybe its the Christian settlers who are the real "evil". Haha.

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#3 Moondark

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 03:47 AM

I'm SO EXCITED for this movie! It looks wonderful, something to really put the bite back into Witchcraft.

Apparently the Satanic Temple is hailing it as the mark of a new Satanic age dawning. They're so enthused about it they're offering early screenings all over the country.

They said something about reclaiming the divine feminine as powerful and trampling the stereotype of the helpless victim...

I can't wait.

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#4 Solanaceae

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 01:15 AM

Yep, looks amazing. Hope it does not disappoint as so many horror movies have. Lots of hype, great trailer, then a big let down.  I heard that about the Satanic Temple. Lol, gotta love the Satanic Temple. They are calling it a ' trans formative Satanic experience.'

We will see.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 07:04 PM

I am very excited for this movie! I have not paid too much attention to buzz, but I did hear the endorsement calling it transformative, etc. I will be there opening night, Feb 19. 

I like the trailer. We shall see what it holds!


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#6 RapunzelGnome

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Posted 11 February 2016 - 05:42 AM

It does look good. I'm a bit cynical about Hollywood ...every time they make a movie about something I care about, it tends to be painfully awful. But I still have hope.
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Posted 12 February 2016 - 06:07 AM

I think Witches may end up being a big thing in Hollywood these next few years. There were a few shitty anti-occult films recently, and it seems there may be a backlash coming up.

 

They're remaking The Craft, too. 


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#8 Oroboros

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Posted 14 February 2016 - 12:12 AM

"They're remaking The Craft, too. "

Blasphemers!:)

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 01:09 AM

See to me the trailer just seemed so boring and unoriginal! I am really hoping that it turns out to be a great movie.
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#10 Oroboros

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Posted 15 February 2016 - 04:00 AM

It does look good. I'm a bit cynical about Hollywood ...every time they make a movie about something I care about, it tends to be painfully awful. But I still have hope.


I agree. This example may border on ridiculous, but I REALLY enjoy folklore. So, I always thought Krampus lore was awesome and was excited when they made a horror movie based on it. Did you see THAT?! I'm a horror fan, so I tolerate cheese and unoriginal plots very well in that genre. That said Krampus was absolutely terrible.

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Posted 20 February 2016 - 03:11 AM

I just got back from seeing The Witch. It was AMAZING! It's smaller title after The Witch is A new England Folktale.

 

And that is just what it is. It is telling a story about a banished family from a plantation village, and they begin to be tormented by an unseen force. It takes place in the 1630s, and has the old puritan fear of witches, and accusations. Eggers (the writer and producer) did hsi research. It is not a film that a lot of neo-pagans, neo-wiccans, and neo-witches are going to like. 

 

The witch is the old stereotype in the woods, making pacts with the devil, etc. But it is beautifully shot, very well acted, and very good at making you feel like you are there in the action watching this family spiral into insanity. 

 

I say go see it. 


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 03:52 AM

I really want to see it, especially after the trailer.


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 04:00 AM

Also i would say do not go in with expectations to be terrified. It is a slow burn film. It relies on its atmosphere and feelings of isolation more than actual scary visuals, and no jump scares. It is more psychological than physical.


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Posted 20 February 2016 - 05:17 AM

That's my favorite kind of horror movie. Thanks for your review
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Posted 23 February 2016 - 02:20 AM

Hey everyone

 

So I watched The Witch this past Friday and I thought it was great. The ending was so beautiful to me and the actors were no less than fantastic. I was thrilled to recognize actual folk-tales within the movie. I hope more people here see it soon! :D


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Posted 24 February 2016 - 07:35 PM

Hello!

 

 
(SPOILERS, now, so mind you!)
 

I went to the movie with my brother on the day it came out (Thursday) & we did walk out during the baby moment.

However, he went back to it & told me how incredible it was. I looked up this review before going

 

http://freebeacon.co...ative-spoilers/

 

& I did go & see it. I covered my eyes during the baby part & the raven part. I know that horror movies can be horrifying. & I am not judging that alone. But, there is a line between the storied gore & the "human centipede"/Saw/Hostel type of gore that I will never ever ever see. 

 

Anyway! I am so glad that I went back. I do agree on parts of that review linked above (spoilers galore in that link though so proceed with that knowledge!) but I also am seeing the imagery that perhaps was not mentioned in that reviewer's write-up.

 

One instance:

 

The father's last words before dying are "Oh corruption, thou art my father!"  

 

 

SPOILERS end

 

 

But. SO many layers. Can this be a place to discuss imagery/symbolism, etc?

 

I do like the ending. It's a violent road to get away from that which seeks to control. I want to see it again haha. I love it. It was beautiful


Edited by moonthorn, 24 February 2016 - 07:43 PM.

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#17 Moondark

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:32 AM

I saw The VVItch today! 

 

Loved it. The timing was was weird and a bit choppy, but the acting was fantastic and the music was fucking great. 

 

And the best part? I COULD NOT for the life of me find an inaccurate historical detail, ESPECIALLY regarding the Witches themselves.

 

It was pretty breathtaking. 

 

I had shivers up my spine when 'Black Philip' started speaking to Thomasin in that one scene, and then just sort of smoothly transforms into Lucifer off-screen.

 

There was something so beautiful and gentle about the Devil's portrayal that it really took me aback; one gets the impression that he weeded out her family members on purpose, knowing that they'd inevitably betray her to save their own skins. He wasn't terrifying, he was comforting, and so bizarrely seductive that you could almost hear people squirming in their seats. 

 

The very last scene where Thomasin attends her first Sabbat is precisely what I wish I could find in a coven, LOL! 

 

All we have around these parts is the oh-so-profound 'Order of the Shadow Phoenix'.  <_<


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#18 Solanaceae

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 01:13 AM

I finally got to see this movie. It did not disappoint I am happy to announce. I can't wait to watch it again to be honest. My son yapped at me throughout and distracted me from much of the dialog. The English is old, as it should be so if you are not really listening, you could easily miss meanings.


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 07:37 AM

I didn't like it mainly because of its focus on some very Christian ideas of witches and witchcraft (albeit historical representations and folk lore).  Otherwise was a pretty decent film.  I'm glad there was a happy ending.


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Posted 09 May 2016 - 07:46 AM

I know what you mean, but I got past that because of the history.
And lol, yes, the ending was the best part of the movie.

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(Fragments from "Auguries of Innocence") William Blake