‘The Witch’ invites viewers into a haunting universe

“The Witch” opened Feb. 19 in the U.S., promising to chill the bones of the those who claim to be not-so-easily disturbed by “scary” movies.

A retelling of New-England folktales and the fascination with witches and evil forces, “The Witch” and its vivid imagery and incredible storytelling sucks the viewer in and takes them on a journey where fantasy becomes reality and is at times too intense to handle, for some.

Set in 17th century New England, we meet a family of Puritans who have been exiled from their colony and must look for a new life. They venture off and make their new home near a dark and ominous forest, a forest that is at times uncomfortable to behold with its immense trees, fog and spine tingling darkness.

The family begins to settle in and adjust to their new life. They build a home, barn and corn fields and all is normal. But soon things take a turn as the family’s eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) loses track of newborn baby Samuel while playing peekaboo. A frantic and hysteric search sees Thomasin looking towards the forest just in time to see a red clock whisk inside. Thomasin attempts to run towards the forest but is taken aback by what may lie ahead.

The Witch is one of the most intense, eye-opening, mouth-dropping films I myself have seen and quickly made its way into my list as one of the best I’ve seen in years. This film manages to strike a chord with anyone who enjoys a well-developed story. The actresses and actors themselves may be unknown to much, but deliver some of the most gripping and compelling performances in years.

The film itself only cost a little over $3 million dollars to make and features newcomer Robert Eggers as writer and director.

Don’t let my words full you into thinking that it is run-of-the-mill scary movie, “The Witch” is far more than that.

Although it does contain a few jump scares of which I can tell you right now you will never expect, The Witch and the people behind it would rather choose to make their audience squirm in their seat in despair as the story unfolds and reveals its true identity.