You should use the weekend to quickly discover the strong witch horror “The Witch’ by The Northman director Robert Eggers on Netflix. Starting today, there’s a weak replacement with “Curse Of The Witching Tree – Evil Never Dies”.
Attention witch horror fans! Netflix has a new and an expiring film on this topic this weekend – and you should watch the expiring one, because Robert Eggers’ “The Witch’, which is only available on Netflix up to and including May 15, is an abysmal disturbing horror film with an extra pinch of pretense and probably the best witch horror in recent years.
Judging by the trailer, the horror film “Curse Of The Witching Tree – The Evil Never Dies”, which was released on DVD in 2016 and will now find its way to Netflix on May 14, 2022, seems rather undemanding. Especially compared to the critically acclaimed and beautifully photographed “The Witch“Curse Of The Witching Tree seems like cheap trash about the centuries-old curse of an executed witch. Also, the 4.10 out of 10 points in the IMDB-User ratings do not suggest anything good – if you like, you can at least take a look at the trailer.
Since “Curse Of The Witching Tree” definitely seems like the worse alternative when it comes to witch horror, we want to focus on “The Witch“ and strongly recommend that you use the narrow time window and watch the horror drama until Sunday evening. To be able to appreciate the film sufficiently, however, expectations are also important – otherwise disappointment sets in quickly. Anyone who expects classic horror with jump scares, lots of special effects, and liters of blood will be left in the dark. Then “The Witch“ is held in grey-brown, somber images and unfolds its terror primarily through the increasingly unpleasant atmosphere.
Why grey-brown? Because of the world of the Christian settlers in New England in the 1630s, the “The Witch“ plays, were not exactly colorful – in the literal as well as in the figurative sense. The deeply religious couple William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie) live with their five children on the edge of a forest, everyday life is characterized by fear of God and austerity. But then strange events unfold, leading to daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) being accused of witchcraft, and the family spiraling into a whirlwind of accusations and superstition.
Visually, the no-frills, the atmospheric film is a real feast, says our DashFUN review, and offers horror with an extra pinch of sophistication. And even without crass shock effects, “The Witch“Is not harmless at all, but abysmal disturbing – for that it gets a strong four out of five stars.
By the way, if you like director Robert Eggers’ very own visual language, you can currently also his Viking epic “The Northman” with Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, and “The Witch’ star Anya Taylor-Joy in cinemas. At the latest after “The Witch” but you should be warned: Things are sometimes a little different with Eggers, and so “The Northman” is not just the cinema version of pleasing Viking hits like “Vikings”, but a raw, blood-soaked, visually stunning epic that will offend many people.