Horror Tale Is Gravely Authentic

By Debruge, Peter | Variety, January 20, 2015 | Go to article overview

Horror Tale Is Gravely Authentic


Debruge, Peter, Variety


Raised in a tiny New Hampshire village, Robert Eggers frequently let his imagination stray to the rural area's occult past - a sensibility that feeds into his Sundancebound directorial debut, "The Witch," a remarkably authentic, period horror movie set among a family of superstitious Puritans, circa 1630.

"In the town where I grew up, there were lots of dilapidated old colonial farmhouses and graveyards hidden in the middle of the woods," recalls Eggers.

"The Witch" is fleshed out with rigorous, periodappropriate details: The devout Calvinist characters speak in arcane, half-forgotten expressions: they work on a painstakingly reconstructed early17th-century farm; and they live - and die - by beliefs true to the time.

Eggers, an admittedly obsessive fellow who worked as a production designer, has an eye for the little things that give the film atmosphere and authenticity. …

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