If you"re looking for a solid horror movie recommendation, Robert Eggers" directorial debut, 2015"s The Witch: A New England Folktale — often stylized as The VVitch — is more than worthy of your watch danh mục if you want an eerie, methodical, and downright unsettling viewing experience. This dark period piece is not for the faint of heart, & will undoubtedly send a shiver or two up your spine as the story unfolds.

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Set in the colonial era, specifically the 1630s, this tale follows a settler family comprised of patriarch William (Ralph Ineson), his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie), and their five children as they adjust khổng lồ life away from their Puritan colony. As if rationing food and water, tending khổng lồ their livestock, setting up sufficient lodging, and, of course, dealing with the mental strain of isolation wasn"t enough, the family soon find themselves targeted by mysterious, evil forces lurking deep in the nearby woods.

All of these factors combine khổng lồ tell an intriguing & incredibly unique story that"ll surely have you sleeping with the lights on, culminating in a finale that"s equally as creepy as it is confusing. Here"s a breakdown of what exactly the ending of The Witch means, & how the movie built up to its breathtaking conclusion.

Throughout The Witch"s story, religion plays a vital role và helps phối the stage for both its climax and resolution. First & foremost, the opening scene depicts the family"s exile from their Puritan settlement on grounds of William committing "the sin of prideful conceit", thus kicking off their struggles away from society in the middle of the wilderness. However, William isn"t the only one of them who broke their religious tenets, which becomes more apparent as the family is driven further & further over the edge. Almost every thành viên of the family, aside from Samuel the infant, succumbs to lớn the temptation of one of the Seven Deadly Sins (not khổng lồ be confused with the anime series).

As mentioned before, William"s pride gets the best of him as he tries, and struggles, khổng lồ keep his loved ones alive but refuses to lớn accept his shortcomings. Their Billy goat, black Phillip (more on him later), brutally gores him khổng lồ death, subsequently burying him under a pile of chopped logs. Katherine, meanwhile, allows her deranged envy of her daughter, Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) to poison her mind. She assaults her physically, but the result is a gruesome death courtesy of Thomasin, who defends herself with a bill hook.

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As for the children, the eldest son, Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw) represents lust, as he constantly ogles Thomasin, and takes his final breath shortly after the witch seduces him in the forest. The twins, Mercy (Ellie Granger) and Jonas (Lucas Dawson), die off-screen, but their attitudes throughout the film still place them within the Seven Deadly Sins. Mercy, ever ruthless toward Thomasin after she played a cruel joke on her, first implied she was a witch, using her wrath to lớn turn the family against her. Jonas, on the other hand, embodies sloth, as he rarely contributes anything lớn the homestead & prefers to lớn laze around & chat with black Phillip rather than vì any legwork.

But what of Thomasin? Which sin does she embody?

Since her connection khổng lồ her faith is a bit more complex than the rest of her family, she is the odd person out in this scenario. She remains as such for the majority of the movie"s runtime, showing her allegiance to lớn God from the start. Early on, she prays for forgiveness for her previous lack of devotion khổng lồ Him và for good fortune as her family embarks on the next chapter of their lives. In true Puritan fashion, she"s aware of her imperfections and seeks out some kind of judgment for it, which is something that her family doesn"t exactly bởi in the face of their transgressions.

Despite their clear attempts khổng lồ look more in-tune with their faith than they truly are, William, Katherine, Caleb, Mercy, & Jonas never see the error of their ways và reconcile their misdeeds. Ironically enough, they continually look upon Thomasin as the real sinner of the family và blame her for their perpetual misfortunes, including the constant death they face. In doing so, they embrace the darker aspects of their characters, & allow Satan lớn take hold, taking their lives away — hence why Thomasin is the last of them standing, once the twisted entity reveals his true khung in the film"s closing moments.

With her family picked off one by one & nowhere else to lớn turn, Thomasin is presented with an offer she would be hard-pressed to lớn turn down: Go off và live a delicious life of luxury & youth in a witch coven, forever indebted lớn the Devil, who was lurking in the background as đen Phillip all along, or die alone in the New England wilderness. She takes the former, which may seem like an out-of-character choice for this devout Christian to make, but given everything she faced up lớn that point, it makes total sense.

For her whole life, even as her family unit fell lớn ruins, Thomasin remained loyal to her religious inclinations và never once deviated from them. She proved herself the holiest of her kin, as she never betrayed any of them or put them in any intentional danger. Even still, none of that mattered to them, as they repeatedly verbally và physically abused her và used their faith against her, simultaneously playing ignorant to lớn their own flaws. The God she prayed to never showed her a light at the end of the tunnel, so why stay on that path?

In the end, Thomasin put her name in Satan"s book, surrendering herself lớn his ranks and renouncing her old ways. As she joins lớn Witches" Sabbath, she finds great joy và comfort in her decision, levitating above the burning remains of her siblings in a display of morbid happiness. At last, she made a conscious choice for her own good, and became totally miễn phí of her religious, familial, & societal bonds. 

It"s certainly not a happy ending (although Anya Taylor-Joy would disagree, via Kill Screen), nor does it answer all of the audience"s burning questions. But it is a fitting cap khổng lồ an otherwise stellar horror masterwork. The Witch is yet another fine sản phẩm from A24 Films, retaining its high chất lượng up to the very end, certainly earning its reputation as one of the modern era"s most psychologically tasking films.