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They could have been safe. They could have lived long, sheltered lives together as a family. They could have survived easily within the confines of the village, but father had to succumb to his pride, and claim himself as the most devoted Christian amongst his peers, even going as far as to insult the lawmakers in town and question their religiosity. Based on his conceit, and his refusal to offer up an apology, father, mother, and the children are banished to the outskirts of the plantation, where they are left to fend for themselves against the witch of the wood and her evil magics.

At first, it seems that all is well and their faith has offered a coat of protection which shields them from wrong. However, when the youngest of their clan, their baby Sam, goes missing, and their crops wither and die, the family members grow paranoid and rabid, pointing fingers at whomever seems most suited to shoulder the blame — more often than not the accused is the oldest sister Thomasin. Whether or not Thomasin actually is at fault is of little importance, for the family will fall apart long before they discover the truth behind their bad luck if they continue down this dreary path of backstabbing and distrust. They pray to the sky, fear the trees, and bleed their bodies of illness, but all of their superstitions and hopefulness for a fresh start in the new world can’t save them from the corruption of the doubt in their hearts, and the black magic that seeps in through the cracks of their damned souls.

From literary works, to drawings, to cinema, depictions of witchcraft have always carried with them a subtext of some sort. Whether it be a comparison between the Salem Witch Trials of the 1700s and the witch hunt in the 1950s by blacklisting enthusiast Senator McCarthy, the idea of conservative religious types labeling people they don’t understand as “witches”, or just the notion of a girl developing her powers as she matures from a young lady into a grown woman, the use of witches in pop culture often goes hand in hand with a deeper meaning. However, where The Witch stands apart from its predecessors is its portrayal of magic as a parallel for the struggles that the British felt when they first arrived in the States, and the paranoia that personified as a result of their failed attempts to survive on American soil.

Ralph Ineson and Kate Dickie give spellbinding performances as the devout couple so entrenched in their religion that they are willing to turn on their own children if they feel their lord demands it. Anya Taylor-Joy is spectacular as the sweet, innocent child who grows tainted when the harshness of colonial times drives her family mad, and the evils of the wood slither out and persuade her parents to abandon all reason and treat her like a heathen. As her purity is defiled, the light in her eyes grows wicked and dangerously playful, lending to the thought that perhaps all her family’s accusations towards her might hold some legitimacy. Watching these three members interact is a real treat, as each argument keeps the viewer guessing as to which party is in the right, and which is slowly losing their grip on reality.

However, the real surprise in this film is newcomer Harvey Scrimshaw, who plays Thomasin’s little brother Caleb. Caught between craving the love and approval of his parents, and his sympathy for his ostracized sister, Scrimshaw delivers a relatable, conflicted persona as the boy who wants to defend his sibling, but doesn’t dare disobey his elders. Scrimshaw executes this attitude with ease, but his most impressive moment comes after he falls ill of an unknown disease, and fights for his life on a sweat-soaked cot under the watchful eyes of his loved ones. As he shrieks and howls and begs to be put out of his misery, Scrimshaw displays the power and discipline of an actor well beyond his years. It will be exciting to follow what promises to be a fulfilling career for this talented young man.

From the youngest toddler to the oldest Puritan, each member of the cast delivers their lines with the kind of enthusiasm that demands undivided attention. Their success is due in large part to a beautifully crafted script by director Eggers, who smartly pulls much of his dialogue from real diaries and manuscripts of the time period that he portrays. By using written words found from the actual days of pilgrimage, Eggers offers up an authenticity that keeps his film grounded in grueling reality, even when the magic seeks to uproot and whisk the story away into a fantasy land. Because of this, the film itself carries the grit of a historical drama, as the actors echo out real dialogue spoken by real settlers, as opposed to words written by someone who’s simply guessing how people of this time period might have spoken.

The relentless, suffocating tension that permeates each scene is present from the moment the movie starts, until the end credits roll. The haunting cinematography by Jarin Blaschke, the sinfully unsettling score by Mark Korven, and the raw, committed performances of the cast combine to make a stunning directorial debut for Robert Eggers, that in the end, leaves the audience as anxious and gut wrenched as the characters onscreen. Above all else, Eggers made a movie that inherently touches its viewers, leaving an impact as sweltering as the coaxing influences of ancient hypnotizing magics. An excellent use of religion as a fear tactic, The Witch plays on the terrors of the time period as much as it does the witchcraft, creating a scary foreign world for naive newcomers who have grown accustomed to England’s safer shores, and punishing those who rely on their faith as a way of explaining that which they do not know. Off to a triumphant start, director Eggers has eerily crafted what is easily one of the best horror movies to come out in the past ten years, and possibly one of the greatest witch stories of all time.

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Date: October 9th | Category: Articles, General, Movie
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‘The Last Witch Hunter’ lead protagonist Vin Diesel was essential to the development of the film. His co-stars Rose Leslie and Joseph Gilgun talked about the opposing supernatural characters they had to play.

According to an interview with HitFix, Canton revealed that casting Diesel was one of the best things that ever happened for the film. The producer admitted that putting the right actor in the lead role was a make or break deal for the team that worked on the project for years.

When asked about the importance of getting Diesel involved he said, “Well, we actually only wanted Vin. We never talked about anybody else, which is crazy. Not to say someone else couldn’t have played the role, but we never talked about anybody else. So we did reach the point which is Vin or no movie, because we were so committed that he was the right character.”

The upcoming fantasy-action film will revolve around Kaulder, a witch-hunter cursed with immortality, as he battles fantastical monsters from supernatural realm to save humanity from a threatening plague.

According to a synopsis posted by Dread Central, Kaulder will have to deal with a powerful Queen Witch who has been resurrected and seeks vengeance against him. The witch-hunter ironically recruits a witch to help him defeat his great foe as well as her followers.

Rose Leslie, famed for her role as Ygritte in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, will be playing Chloe – a witch who becomes Kaulder’s comrade. Joseph Gilgun, famed for his role as Eli Dingle in ITV’s ‘Emmerdale’, is all set to play Ellic – a shapeshifter dedicated to serving the villainous Queen Witch.

In an interview with Collider, Leslie and Gilgun shared some tidbits about their respective characters as well as their working experience with Deisel on ‘The Last Witch Hunter’. Leslie described Chloe as a young and independent woman living in modern New York City who runs a memory bar. She added that Chloe is a good witch although she deals in the lucrative trade of prescription drugs.

Gilgun, on the other hand, talked about his antagonistic character Ellic. He described Ellic as a zealous yet lethal shapeshifter under the service of the Queen Witch. He added that his character felt no remorse when he harmed priests and children.

The two co-actors agreed that it was a great experience to work alongside Diesel. They revealed that the ‘Furious 7’ actor was a fan of improvisations and that he was good with adapting with the complexities of his role.

‘The Last Witch Hunter’ is an upcoming supernatural fantasy-adventure film scheduled to be released on October 23, 2015. It is directed by Breck Eisner and written for the big-screen by Cory Goodman, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.


Date: October 9th | Category: General, Movie
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Most of you know Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett from The CW’s hit series The Vampire Diaries, but the actress currently is preparing for a new role that will allow her to exercise her vocal chops.

Graham will take on the role of Tammi Terrell in the upcoming biopic about the tragic singer who produced a string of hits with Marvin Gaye in the 60s before passing away at the young age of 24 due to a brain tumor. Terrell began her career as a backup singer in the James Brown Revue, then went on to land a few hits as a solo artist before teaming up with Gaye. The pair produced hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Your Precious Love” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing.”

“I immediately connected to Tammi and her story in many ways and have felt the incredible need to tell it,”Graham told Deadline. “Tammi Terrell defined passion and soul itself. … Getting lost in the music enabled her to override life’s punishments — for when she sang, she could use the hurt to create greatness and give the world hope that maybe they could overcome their pain as well.”

The movie will mark Kat’s feature film debut. She’s also currently working on her latest album with producer Babyface.


Date: June 4th | Category: Articles, Cast, Movie
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“Underworld 5: Next Generation” lead star Kate Beckinsale has been officially announced to reprise role as the leather-clad vampire, Selene, for the next installment in the franchise.

Directing the movie is Anna Foerster, who has done second-unit work and was Roland Emmerich’s right-hand woman as the director of photography on such movies as The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down. This is the first time that a woman is directing the female-led action-horror franchise. (Her hire was made before Tuesday’s report by the ACLU that took studios to task about gender inequality in Hollywood.)

Cory Goodman wrote the script, whose plot details are being kept shut in a coffin but which is said to focus on a new and younger generation of vampires and werewolves who are locked in a seemingly never-ending battle between supernatural races.

Theo James, who appeared briefly in 2012’s Underworld: Awakening, is attached to reprise his character as he fulfills an option agreement.

The film begins production this fall in the Czech Republic capital of Prague which lends Underworld 5 for a late summer (August-September) release in 2016. Given the series’ historical release window of January however, it’s also possible extensive post-production and VFX work pushes it to January 2017. Since the director’s background in visual effects, that’s certainly possible – It just depends on how much of a budget the next Underworld has. The original was produced on the cheap for just $22 million but Awakening (which released in 3D) cost $70 million.

Underworld: Awakening brought Selene into the near future where the world had learned of and planned to eradicate vampires and werewolves. Its followup revolves around “a new and younger generation” of these monsters and continues their ageless war. Given the recent lack of major vampire/werewolf releases, at least theatrically, there’s an unfulfilled niche the studios are gunning for.

Date: May 21st | Category: Articles, Movie, Underworld
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