The Witch

It is always a shame when an excellent concept is poorly executed. Written and directed by Robert Eggers, The Witch is set in New England in the 1630s and centres around a religious couple and their five children. When their baby vanishes and their crops fail, the family is torn apart and they begin accusing each other of witchcraft. Eggers has obviously been inspired by old tales and it is definitely interesting to watch a group of people who should love one another most turn against each other out of fear. But the film is so ambiguous and relies too much on sound to spook audiences that it loses some of its sheen. The film is only about 90 minutes, but it feels painfully longer.