The eerie ‘Witch’ leaves plenty of haunts and chills

January 23, 2015 9:48 PM

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The eerie, chilling period film “The Witch,” set in 1630s Massachusetts, falls uneasily between psychological drama and horror, so its commercial prospects seem limited. Nevertheless, it’s a directorial calling card that landed with a flourish at its Saturday morning premiere.

Writer-director Robert Eggers is said to be detail-obsessed, and it shows. This story of a family of seven cast out of their New England village and into the wilderness is drenched with atmosphere as well as convincingly odd vocabulary and diction.

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