The VVitch Sunday, 29 March 2020

The VVitch

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Takes the goat by the horns.

  • Starring:

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson, Bathsheba Garnett, Sarah Stephens

  • Directed by:

    Robert Eggers

  • Running time:

    92 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Baby killed (off-screen). People are shot, held down, slapped, thrown from a horse, grabbed, sliced, bled, dragged, threatened, pecked, gored, knocked down, crushed by objects, hair-pulled, cut, choked, stabbed to death. Stolen baby, child with a gun, child lost in woods. Hunting, wrestling with animal; animal caught in trap. Object kicked over. Horror story heard about devil, sinking teeth into flesh, devil stealing sibling. Rustling, knocking sounds heard. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Bloody clothes, face, nose, mouth, hands, animals, objects, wounds, stomach, neck, shoulders. Knife slicing into skin. Blood and gore rubbed onto body. Animal still alive with entrails hanging out. Bloody foetus of chicken in broken egg. Animal pelts. Scratches, sores. Illness (fever, rambling, body arching/contorting, clenched jaw); convulsing, hyperventilating. Dismembered animal corpses.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Incestual thoughts (implied). Provocative behaviour. Ogling, undressing. A woman kisses a boy. Sexual union with the devil implied. Nude baby boy, nude boy (rear view), nude women. Exposed breasts, bottoms, vaginas (background), cleavage. Shirtless man.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    None.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Pilgrims, banishment, 1630s New England, death, siblings, burial, grief, black magic, devil worship, faith, witches, the supernatural, levitation, fear, isolation, family, possession, ritual, hallucinations, blame.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead child. Funeral, grave. Goat, horse, crow, dog, rabbits. Spitting, gagging. Rotten food, manure. Also known as The VVitch: A New-England Folktale.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Unnerving, exhilarating, scary, confident, tight, intimate, haunting, suffocating, singular, upsetting, disturbing, impressive, chilling, spellbinding, nightmarish, eerie, creepy, atmospheric, focused, gripping, contemporary. Revelatory/credible performances, committed cast, great period detail, authentic dialogue/feel, spine-chilling/atonal/cacophonous score, gruesome climax, ominous tone, superb suspense sequences, top-notch cinematography, sharp editing, fleet running time, exhaustive research, painstaking attention to detail.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Slight narrative drag.

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