(This review may contain spoilers).
The Salem Witch Trials is a major part of history… so I’ve always been interested in anything that deals with that time. And when I saw that this movie was set not that long after that time period, I was immediately interested in seeing it.
I wasn’t really clear about why the family had left the plantation, but it was good to see how they had to deal with farming land and the troubles that came from that.
Some of the scenes weren’t as scary as they probably could be… especially with the witch who appeared naked. I found it actually quite hard to take the movie seriously at times… and I felt that Thomasin and Caleb were the best characters in this.
I wasn’t that fond of the parents, even though I felt that the hysteria from the witch trials was shown quite well… even if it made me dislike the parents even more. I did, however, feel that that twins weren’t really established as characters. They seemed to just be exactly the same as each other and not really developed characters.
There were some really quite disturbing moments in this movie… and an awful lot of gore. I did feel that a lot of the language fit in with that period… and so did the attitudes towards people in that time. While I felt sympathy for Katherine at first, I did quickly lose that as the movie went on.
I was disappointed that this film didn’t really explain anything. I would have liked to see more of the characters and storyline expanded upon. The ending felt very surreal and I would have liked a bit more explanation of what was really going on.
I don’t think I’ll watch this film again. While it was a good idea and had a strong start… I felt it went downhill as the movie went on.