13. The Witch
Release Year: 2015
Exiled from their community, a family travels to the edge of the woods to find prosper. The Witch (or The VVitch, as it’s sometimes called) starts the family down a devastating journey as their faith is tested time and time again from the supernatural forces at work.
It’s an absolutely astounding horror movie, one of the best of the decade that finds Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie in wonderful performances where the strings of the family are tightened and near to breaking as they struggle to face the hells falling upon them. Is it the witch of the woods, the devil or is it someone among them losing their faith and in need of salvation?
Director Robert Eggers makes a brilliant movie that is gorgeous in its bleak atmosphere that gets under your skin where the time period and the way everyone speaks adds to a fascinating package. As a debut, it’s an impressive feat, the amount of expertise placed into every facet of The Witch.
The Witch is one of Anya Taylor-Joy’s best roles and with Robert Eggers’ new film, The Lighthouse, coming out this fall, it’s never been a better time to watch The Witch for the first time or yet another time.