Christian Piety versus Evil in Robert Eggers’s The Witch

“The Witch” gives insight into the “witchcraft era” that engrossed the Puritans in 17th century New England. Parts of the film are horrific, but the movie paints an accurate picture using dialogue from historical records, adding depth and emotion that brings verisimilitude to the film.

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imageLast October was the one hundred anniversary of Arthur Miller’s (an American playwrite) birth. Accompanying this anniversary are several works, two of which highlight the witchcraft era. One of his most famous works, The Crucible, uses historical records to recreate the Salem Witch Trials. Within the next week, the theatrical production of TheCrucible will appear on Broadway (directed by Ivo van Hove). Additionally, as a forerunner to the upcoming Broadway production, Robert Eggers’s debut film, The Witch premiered last week. It is set in seventeenth century New England, a few decades preceding the infamous Salem Witch Trials. The Witch is not classic horror, but it has enough horrific scenes to make one uncomfortable. A Sundance favorite, Eggers won best director for this dramatic feature.  It is the story of a devout Christian family banished from their puritanical community for actions that are theologically based, but are not specified…

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