“Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” #quikMOOreviews Back when ‘The Shining’ came out in 1980, it was met with very mixed reactions. Now it’s considered one of the cinema's defining horror movies. I believe the same will happen with THE WITCH. While it wasn't as outright scary as I thought it would be, it was very, very unsettling. It gets under your skin. I've never seen a horror film that felt so downright evil. It was practically dripping with sin. Every frame is so wicked, perverse, and demonic; you feel like you’re watching something you should not be seeing. First-time director, Robert Eggers, has crafted a horror odyssey that takes place in a much simpler time. Modern-day films of the genre have an abundance of distractions; THE WITCH is a primal kind of fear. It’s as if there’s this dark, threatening cloud looming on the horizon, and so, as any reasonable person would do, you decide to go in the opposite direction. But you don’t. Not because you won’t, but because you can’t. You are paralyzed with fear; there’s nothing you can do but stay put and helplessly wait for your inevitable end. That’s what watching THE WITCH felt like. Mark Korven, the film’s composer, must have sold his soul to the devil because this is one of the most haunting scores. The cinematography is fantastic; every shot looked like it could’ve been framed and hung up in an art gallery. Not only is it effective from a visual standpoint, but from a language standpoint as well. The old English dialogue felt so authentic and, in some ways, unnerving. The entire cast did a marvelous job especially Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Ineson. Egger projects the fears and paranoia of his characters onto the audience; the constant threat of evil lurking behind every tree, the threat of hell hanging over your head every day of your life. There are no metaphors here. Witches are very real, and religious hysteria is the appropriate response. Therein lies the true horror. THE WITCH is an intelligent, atmospheric, Kubrick-inspired horror film that has the makings of a dark, enigmatic pre-Disney fairytale. It’s safe to say that I’m anxiously awaiting Robert Egger’s next film. What a debut!
One of my goals for 2017 is to paint/create 50 more of these pieces for my 'Horror Cameos' series. Starting next week, I'll be posting a new cameo once a week for the remainder of 2017 (I know I gotta play catch up a little bit for this week). Been focusing a lot on commission and work related art recently and have neglected my own, so this will be a good push to be more productive on my end. I give everybody full permission to call me out on bullshit if I go a week without posting one haha. #50horrorcameos coming soon! #theaterofcreeps#horror#watercolor#procreate#horrorart
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