The Witch a spine-chilling horror movie – Blu-ray review and giveaway

The WitchRobert Eggers' feature film debut The Witch is a dark, gritty film that is more twisted than it lets on. It’s wrapped in a blanket of mystery and chaos that unfolds slowly, creeping under your skin.

A 17th-century New England family consisting of a Puritan patriarch named William, his wife Katherine, eldest daughter Thomasin, son Caleb and twins Mercy and Jonas are banned from the village. They take refuge on a barren land right outside a forest.

When Katherine gives birth to their fifth child, Samuel, it’s not long before the baby disappears and Thomasin is held responsible, as she was the last person taking care of the child. This is just the first of many mishaps that befall the family.

Mercy accuses Thomasin of being a witch and claims she is the one who took baby Samuel. Thomasin puts that rumor to rest, but is soon accused of stealing her mother’s silver cups. Later, the family loses their harvest and is afraid they’ll starve to death.

The twins are often seeing playing with the black goat kept by the family – Black Phillip. The twins believe he speaks to them. If you think this is eerie, the events that soon unfold are more twisted. Every scene builds up to a bloody and unsettling finale.

Robert Eggers’ prize-winning feature film debut is cloaked with so many different themes – from witchcraft to the demons within us. It’s a spellbinding film that keeps you hooked – as much you’d like to look away. Eggers is a gifted director who has successfully managed to dish out a terrifying film that can get pretty disturbing. But it’s the dread and anxiety of not knowing where the film is going next that arrests the audience’s attention (and pulse). That’s what hardcore horror movie fans eat up. If anything, this film is a testament to Eggers’ brilliant direction and I’m looking forward to seeing what he cooks up next.

Anya Taylor-Joy subtly steps into the shoes of a 17th-century young woman who is stressed, carrying the burden of her family and the weight of protecting the family against an unknown evil. We share her burden from scene to scene and for that, her performance should be given due credit.

The visually arresting colonial setting simply lends a hand in stopping your pulse as the drama unfolds. If you feed on hardcore horror films (and have a stomach of steel), invite The Witch into your home. All I can say is, bless your heart. ~Marriska Fernandes

Blu-ray features include Audio Commentary with Director Robert Eggers, The Witch: A Primal Folktale, Salem Panel Q&A with Cast and Crew and a Design Gallery.

We have two Blu-ray/DVD combo packs to give away (to Canadian residents only). If you’d like to win a copy, tell us below what is your favorite horror or thriller movie! And if you have seen The Witch and would like to rate and/or review it on our site, we would love to read your reviews! Click here to review the film.

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Comments & Discussion

  1. moviesteve • May 17, 2016 @ 3:05 PM

    I wanted so much more from the movie! I was really excited to see it and just didn’t feel like it lived up to the hype. A big miss, in my opinion.

  2. Cynthia • May 17, 2016 @ 4:09 PM

    Sounds scary, I’d love to win a copy!

  3. Joshua_Tree • May 17, 2016 @ 4:20 PM

    Black Phillip is a racial slur.

  4. Linda • May 17, 2016 @ 4:49 PM

    Sixth Sense is my favorite thriller!

  5. Lorraine • May 17, 2016 @ 4:54 PM

    What Lies Beneath…is my favorite…(:

  6. Matthew • May 17, 2016 @ 5:12 PM

    The Exorcist!!!

  7. Drew Messinger • May 17, 2016 @ 5:31 PM

    I’d have to say that The Witch is now my favourite horror movie! That and the original “The Haunting”!

  8. Kerry • May 17, 2016 @ 7:40 PM

    The Shining is my favourite horror film by far.

  9. jay malcolm • May 17, 2016 @ 10:03 PM

    i think my wife is gonna have nightmares i would love to win a copy just for her ha ha

  10. Patricia • May 17, 2016 @ 10:31 PM

    Saw this when it first came out…scary stuff!

  11. Stan • May 18, 2016 @ 12:20 AM

    Always enjoyed watching horror and scary movies. Saw the movie and I think its the best scary movie so far.

  12. Sharon • May 18, 2016 @ 9:11 AM

    The Descent

  13. jennie • May 18, 2016 @ 3:41 PM

    My fave horror movie is The Descent. I looooove scary movies and the trailer for The Witch looked so good.

  14. Edgar • May 18, 2016 @ 8:49 PM

    The Silence of the Lambs!! Timeless classic. Masterclass in acting, tense filmmaking, and a great story.

  15. Leslie • May 18, 2016 @ 9:06 PM

    My favorite horror thriller movie is “The Sixth Sense”. Watching “The Sixth Sense” still gives me goosebumps even though I know what is going to happen! I am reading “The Witches” right now. It is a history book about the Salem Witch trials. What an amazing moment in history. Pretty scary times. I would be very interested in seeing the movie, The Witch! Thank you Tribute.

  16. Paul Enselmoz • May 19, 2016 @ 12:58 AM

    Horror of Dracula

  17. Debbie Bashford • May 19, 2016 @ 3:16 PM

    Misery is one of my favs I love horror/scary films and would be thrilled to own The Witch!!

  18. Jude • May 19, 2016 @ 7:42 PM

    The Shining is my favourite – and local candle making store wik’d wax (Hamilton Ontario) made the candles for The Witch!! I’d love to see this movie just to check out his candles – specially made to shed more light and so the director didn’t need to use lamps as much – interesting fact

  19. sandy • May 24, 2016 @ 3:29 AM

    The scariest movie is the uncut version of The Evil Dead and the first A Nightmare on Elm Street. After seeing that, I really didn’t want to go to sleep! Man, that flick freaked me out. Same with jaws, I hated swimming, even in a swimming pool, thought jaws was gonna get me lol i’d love to win, I heard great things about this movie and I’d love to check it out and get scared! Thanks for the chance!

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