As we get closer to Halloween, your resident goth here, Trystan, is kicking off Witchy Wednesdays, a series of spooky costume movies I’ve watched recently. Because sometimes the good old-fashioned kind of horror is better than the real shit we see in the news every damn day. Gimmie some fake blood and things that go bump in the night over dumb white men with easy access to assault weapons or a dumbass starting nuclear war via Twitter any time. Ehem.
My first frightening frock flick is The Witch (2015), set in the 1630s at the height of the New England witch hunts. You may be familiar with the context from The Crucible (Arthur Miller’s play or the 1996 film version) or even TV’s Salem (2014-2017), but this film takes a darker turn. Playing on the themes of religious extremism, paranoia, and mass hysteria, The Witch keeps you wondering until the very end exactly what happened to this family of settlers in an isolated colony.
I can’t say more about the plot in a review without giving something crucial away, so let’s just look at the costumes, which are much more historically accurate than similar things set in this time and place. With the film’s laser focus on one family, it’s easier to get the clothing right, of course. But the clothes are so very right, down to little details that made me squee, right when I was getting creeped out. So, yay!
Have you seen The Witch? Did it give you the chills?