Horrortoberfest Day 5 – The VVitch (2015) (It’s a podcast)

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Hey, remember how much good press this movie received?  People were all like “Oooh, it’s not found footage” “Oooh it isn’t connected to Joss Whedon!”  Well, here it is on Horrortoberfest now.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.

8 responses to “Horrortoberfest Day 5 – The VVitch (2015) (It’s a podcast)

  1. I fricken hated this film. If it contained any sense of alienation it was myself verses all the people who had been raving about it at the time.
    The VVitch truly made me think worse of the whole media machine. So, in a sense I guess it did cast a spell of a sort. Too bad it couldn’t have just settled for being an entertaining film, but I guess that would be asking too much.

  2. Excellent review guys, I busted out laughing at the “I support the Brexit!” As well as a couple other times (the fruit pies, so funny).

    Honestly, I think it would have been a much more effective movie if it had no supernatural elements in it whatsoever, just some puritans going nuts because of the hardship of living in a land they don’t understand with a head full of superstitions. The movie should have ended with the girl wandering through the forest and onto the farm of a bunch Native Americans who are getting along without any problems because they know what crops to plant and whatnot.

  3. Couldn’t disagree more, as I find it to be one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. Admittedly, I have a fondness for atonal, minimalistic horror film scores, so maybe that helped it to work for me. That said, I also like how it evokes the feeling of a folk tale rather than following a more standard feature film’s narrative model. I personally don’t feel the need for a lot of over-explanation along the lines of, “They’ve encroached upon the witches’ territory!” or “They unwittingly killed the witch’s animal familiar, so now she’s out for revenge!” This is full on, “What if witches were exactly what 17th century colonists thought they were?” (This includes the effects of the blight upon the corn, the chickens laying partially fertilized eggs, goats udders being full of blood instead of milk.) I find this a lot more primal and terrifying than any modern incarnation of witchcraft I’ve seen.

    I think this article by HitFix’s Chris Eggertsen pretty much echoes my feelings: http://www.hitfix.com/news/why-do-so-many-horror-fans-hate-the-witch

    I also loved this article that talks about how much research went into Robert Eggers’s script: http://www.indiewire.com/2016/02/how-much-does-the-witch-get-right-about-real-witchcraft-67796/

    • For the record, this comment got flagged, but I think that was because of the links and not because we disagree. The stuff about the extra research that went into the movie is actually really interesting.

    • But – and I don’t mean to belabor this – but peel away all the genre and it is still a lackluster story. That hitflix article says, “They are all interested in telling stories about people we actually care about,” but it doesn’t.
      Watership Down is an animated film and it does a much better job of getting us to care about a bunch of bunnies than the VVitch does about getting us to care about actual human beings. I appreciate your opinion, but I think that it takes more than simply not doing what everyone else has been doing to make a good film.

  4. I forgot about this film, but my partner and I will watch it tonight. She loves this stuff and it seems like my kind of movie as well. And it is free to watch on Amazon Prime, so… SCORE!

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