Coming off 2018– a highly sociopolitical year that contained multiple depictions of witches, femininity, and black magic within horror through the likes of Suspiria, Pyewacket, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina– Lukas Feigelfeld’s debut feature film Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, which has been circulating the festivals since fall 2017, will finally be available to audiences this month. And although a slightly different take on witches than we’ve been seeing as of late, Hagazussa is arguably the most subtly gut-wrenching.
I’m about a year-and-a-half late to the party, but Robert Eggers’s The Witch, (stylized as The VVitch) is a sloooooow burn, but rewards those who stick it out until the awesome, blazing climax. The Witch stars Ana Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, and Kate Dickie as an ostracized Puritan family, set in the richly historic 17th century New England (yes, around the Salem Witch trials period). Tensions arise, and this deeply religious family reaches closer and closer to the brink of falling apart. Continue reading