Starring: Ralph Ineson, Anya Taylor Joy, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Horror written and directed by Robert Eggers. Set in New England, 1630, The Witch follows William and Katherine (Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie), who lead a devout Christian life, but after getting cast out of their colonial plantation are forced to survive living along the edge of a vast wilderness rumored to be controlled by witches. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another. The decimation of their family unit creates an opportunity for incredible evil to emerge and attempt to destroy them all.
William: [before the court] What went we out into this wilderness to find? Leaving our country, kindred, our fathers houses? We have travailed a vast ocean. For what? For what?
Governor: We must ask thee to be silent!
William: Was it not for the pure and faithful dispensation of the Gospels, and the Kingdom of God?
Old Slater: No More! We are your judges, and not you ours!
William: I cannot be judged by false Christians, for I have done nothing, save preach Christ’s true Gospel.
Governor: Must you continue to dishonor the laws of the commonwealth and the church with your prideful conceit?
William: If my conscience sees it fit.
Governor: Then shall you be banished out of this plantations liberties!
William: I would be glad of it.
Governor: Then take your leave, and trouble us no further.
William: How sadly hath The Lord testified against you.
[turning to leave]
William: What were we went out to this wilderness to find? Leaving our country, kindred, our father’s houses, for what? For the kingdom of God. Let us pray.
Thomasin: [playing peekaboo with the baby] Mmm, boo! There you are.
[puts her hands over eyes again]
Thomasin: Mmm, boo!
[suddenly the baby is gone]
Mercy: [referring to their goat] Black Philip, say if you are wicked. Black Philip.
Thomasin: Does he really speak to thee?
Mercy: Black Philip.
Katherine: [to Thomasin] You’ve cursed this family.
Caleb: Oh, God, my Lord, I now begin. Oh, help me and I’ll leave my sin. For I repent and thou shall be. Thru evil I will turn to thee. Whomever shall destroy my faith. For I repent and thou shall be. Oh, God, my Lord, I now begin. Oh, help me and I’ll leave my sin. For I repent and thou shall be. Thru evil I will turn to thee.
William: There’s evil in the wood.
William: This wilderness will not consume us.
Katherine: This is witchcraft!
William: Corruption, thou art my father!
Mercy: [referring to Thomasin] She placed a curse on me!
Thomasin: Why have you turned against me?!
William: I saw it.
Katherine: [to Thomasin] You wreak of evil!
Thomasin: [as he boards her up in the barn] It’s not safe, not with them!
William: Think on thy sins.
Caleb: She desires of my blood. She sends them upon me. They feed upon her teats, her nether parts. She sends them upon me.
William: Did ye make some unholy bond with that goat?
Thomasin: [walking towards her sister] I be the witch of the wood.
Mercy: Liar! Liar!
Thomasin: I am.
Caleb: List’ not to her, Mercy.
Thomasin: I am that very witch. When I sleep my spirit slips away from my body and dances naked with The Devil. That’s how I signed his book.
Thomasin: He bade me bring him an unbaptized babe, so I stole Sam, and I gave him to my master. And I’ll make any man or thing else vanish I like.
Thomasin: Black Phillip, I conjure thee to speak to me. Speak as thou dost speak to Jonas and Mercy. Dost thou understand my English tongue? Answer me.
Black Phillip: What dost thou want?
Thomasin: What canst thou give?
Black Phillip: Wouldst thou like the taste of butter and pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?
Black Phillip: Wouldst thou like to see the world?
Thomasin: What will you from me?
Black Phillip: Dost thou see a book before thee? Remove thy shift.
Thomasin: I cannot write my name.
Black Phillip: I will guide thy hand.