Best films of 2016 (so far): horrors, dramas, action and animation to suit every taste
With inevitably growing tension and trouble that we can sense but not understand, The Witch explores the story of a puritan family evicted to the woods from their community. The elder daughter – Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy in a fantastic leading performance) – witnesses a disappearance of her younger sibling that starts a series of events fuelled by black magic and witchcraft. The audience needs to put some effort into piecing the entire situation together, and despite uneven pacing of the film, it’s worth the wait for the grand finale. With its exploration of symbolism, conservative ties to religion and folktales, a negation of patriarchy, plus camera work and colour grading worth the top of horror movies league, it pushes you to think and avoids traditional jump scares like holy water (pun intended).