Movie Review: The Witch

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TREES ARE OFFICIALLY CREEPY AGAIN: ‘THE WITCH’ REVIEW

By Sherita McAdams

Not since 1999’s The Blair Witch Project in the following of three friends finding themselves lost in the isolation of the woods and ghost stories has trees been so terrifying. The sleeper hit instantly became a hit and a cult classic, paving the way for future films to amp the creep factor. Seventeen years later, it officially has become purely chilling to enter the forest again in Robert EggersThe Witch.

The 2015 Sundance hit written and director by Eggers (and earning him ‘Best Director’ nod) delivers the New England tale of young teen Thomasin, who finds herself along with her parents and younger brothers and sister, exiled from the town they’ve become to know and into the confinement of small farm. Their only surrounding comfort is that of family, field animals, faith…and the forest. From the start of the family’s arrival Egger’s sets up a brilliant level of eeriness—you fear for this family before ANYTHING begins to happen. Cow milking alone has never been so terrifying.

As crops diminish and sources scarce, the real terror for Thomasin and her devout Christian household arise when the youngest member mysteriously vanishes, leaving the family distraught and desperate to find him. The main place to search for their missing loved one and find food resources?—you guessed it, the woods. Upon each enter and exit, things become increasingly worse for the family and soon apparent that they are not alone. Something far darker than just aging greenery and bunnies plague those woods, something far more dangerous and something even the strong beliefs of Thomasin’s family can’t protect them from. As time goes on and situations get worse, they soon find turning on each other and even themselves.

The film as a sum delivers as shockingly intense, from the dark imagery to the daunting score of the soundtrack—and it works. Some scenes stick with you long after the hour and thirty minute feature ends and you’re well off into your comfort zone and suddenly you remember—that was fucked up. Start to finish you’re taken back in time and sucked into this Puritan world of absolute horror. It truly does feel authentic and as if it’s something you aren’t supposed to be watching. The cast together does their job of bringing life to the family, but it is Anya Taylor-Joy who steals the show as the youth watching life disintegrate before her innocent eyes.

After dominating Sundance, The Witch prepares to spook out audiences nationwide as it lurks into theaters February 19th. The soon to be classic masterpiece is rated R and not for the faint of heart. You’ve been warned.

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Enter to Win! ‘LONDON HAS FALLEN’ Screening Passes

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YESSSSSSSS!!! It’s almost here…the release of LONDON HAS FALLEN!

SYNOPSIS: In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders. 

I can’t wait! I’m a huge fan of the first one. Gerard Butler is a beast! Ok – enough of that! Lets keep it going. I’ve got RESERVED SEATS for this one – Yep…that means…you’re walking past the crowd…and sitting down in the theater before all the MADNESS begins! Sound good? Good.

#LondonHasFallen screenings are taking place here…

March 2, 2016

7:30 PM

Houston – AMC Studio 30

New York – AMC Empire 25

Phoenix – AMC Arizona Center 24

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Please send me your FIRST & LAST NAME and CITY to mikethemovieguy@gmail.com

In the subject line – CITY/London Has Fallen

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THIS PROMOTION WILL END WHEN ALL PASSES ARE GONE. No purchase necessary. No one will be admitted late into the movie. Theatre and promoter are not responsible for overbooking. It is our sole discretion at any time to refuse, revoke or limit admission. Only one contest entry per person. Only U.S. residents over the age of 18 are eligible to participate and win. Movie passes do not guarantee entry. Please read screening ticket for all rules.

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#LondonHasFallen – In theaters March 4

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