Highly Suspect Reviews: The Witch | One of Us

Highly Suspect Reviews: The Witch

5 Submitted by on Thu, 18 February 2016, 09:59

Although we gave you a bit of a review for this atmospheric horror film that everyone is talking about back during Fantastic Fest last year, the whole gang showed up to talk about it this time. Was it just because the Satanic Church held a ritual after the film at the screening they attended? No, it’s because The Witch is one of the most interesting horror films to come along in some time. Witch (lol) is to say, it’s still not for everyone.

The story follows a puritan family in New England from the early settler days who’ve been kicked out of their own puritan group for some mild deviation of belief and find themselves having to make a go for it on their own out in the woods. As it turns out, bad idea. The newborn of the family disappears and suspicions rise…is the teenaged girl of the family practicing witchcraft? Of course, it’s all more complicated than it sounds, at least subtextually, and our reviewers (Chris, JC, Kat, Sarah, Richard and Herman) delve deep into said complexities while reminding you…goats are evil, m’kay.

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.