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Old 06-19-2016   #51
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Re: The Witch

If the central mystery is whether or not there are witches, it's not an interesting one, so I don't think that resolution really costs it anything.

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Re: The Witch

Eh, the mystery could have been much deeper than whether there were witches or not. A few narrative shifts would have made the outer and inner threats to the family richer and less traditional. The potential was all there on screen, so I didn't get why it stifled itself in being so explicit so early on by being about fear of a specific finite external threat explicitly shown, rather than the mysterious and unknowable forces within and without ourselves.

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Re: The Witch

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If the central mystery is whether or not there are witches, it's not an interesting one, so I don't think that resolution really costs it anything.
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A few narrative shifts would have made the outer and inner threats to the family richer and less traditional. The potential was all there on screen, so I didn't get why it stifled itself in being so explicit so early on.
Perhaps. But, given the subtitle "A New England Folk Tale", the traditionalism of the natures of the conflicts is at least justified by what Eggers was going for: a cinematic folk tale and love letter to New English history and lore.

Regardless the baby mushing scene that may or may not have dampened the film's subtlety ####ed me up badly. In the theater my jaw hung open the whole scene.

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Re: The Witch

After you know there's witches, there's the question of who's a witch or who's under their influence (including possibly demons), if the goat is just a goat, what kind of powers do the witches and the goat possess? A lot of this is still a bit hazy by the end.

I'm just so used to stories teasing about what's real or what the nature of the threats are or reality in complete turmoil that the main mysteries that concern the characters rarely really interests me so much as what is being focused on. All these weird fiction approaches are relatively commonplace, and that's fine, but I don't care that much about the supposed big questions.

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Re: The Witch

Christopher Slatsky, author of Alectryomancer and Other Weird Tales, which I highly recommend (It is really a mind virus in the guise of a book.), has an excellent assessment on The Witch at his website. look in Archives, May 2016. Check it out.

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Re: The Witch

Love the titles of Slatsky's short stories:

"The Ocean is Eating Our Graves"
"A Plague of Naked Movie Stars"
"Loveliness Like a Shadow" ...

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Re: The Witch

Fans of The Witch might enjoy this obscure, brooding '80s chiller:


A few technical and story-related issues aside, I think it's as good a horror movie in its own way.

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Re: The Witch

The Witch won the Rondo Hatton Award for best film of 2016.
That would be a nice bust to have on your shelf.

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Re: The Witch

They need to redesign that award..........

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Re: The Witch

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They need to redesign that award!!
Yes why is there another award of a white male who turned a genetic abnormality into a livelihood when the award could be modled after someone who has brought true HORROR into the world like Amy Schumer or Molly from Mike&Molly?

But seriously, after taking a quick look at the article, they really tried to cover alot from Stranger Things to Phantasm to The Thing.....

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