The Witch: What a Bookless Film Teaches Us About Writing in Our Own Genre


This is another deeply thoughtful post on horror by K. C. Redding-Gonzalez

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You might not have noticed, but one of the more critically acclaimed Horror movies that you didn’t hear much of not long ago hit DVD/Bluray release. The Witch, a 2016 debut from Robert Eggers, came at us from the Sundance Film Festival. And it came bookless – without fanfare, and without the promise of a sequel.


Yet in theaters and in DVD stores, the film has failed to ignite, the sales not so stellar.

Why do Critics and some fans give this film the highest of marks, when it does not resemble what we have come to expect from “successful” Horror films? And specifically, if you have watched it and did not feel affected, why not?

The answer would be because this film is not conventional Horror: it is about Horror – it is how Literary Horror looks when filmmakers understand the importance of punctuating their plots with something deeper…

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5 thoughts on “The Witch: What a Bookless Film Teaches Us About Writing in Our Own Genre

  1. This was a great read. I couldn’t agree more. True horror, written or filmed, doesn’t need a direct voice. Of course you know that! Wouldn’t you love to have a dining out with Alfred Hitchcock?


  2. I am a big horror movie fan and horror book reader, I have always been. I used to write critics for Horror Movie Festival when I was younger and quite frankly, the witch is a failed movie.

    It is a movie with an unclear intent, changing plot patterns that fails to capture the audience, moving the carrot in too many directions. It is a well shot movie, with a present direction and acting and promises lots, but delivers nothing to the greater public, ergo the commercial failure and the critic acclaim (so often divorced) when the first refuse to imagine and the later imagine too much.

    I was surprised by my opinion of the movie so I spoke to other film critics about it and they actually agreed. However, and coming back to your point, probably it would have been a good book, because the explanation could be way more obvious there and the argument line wouldn’t have been lost.
    Missed chance I say!


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