Few Americans may believe in witches—or in a Puritan God. Yet The Witch explores human impulses that are still with us.
Wes Craven says there are two types of horror stories: either the monster is out there, or the monster is us. Jennifer Kent's film has the moral imagination to tell both simultaneously.
Is exaggerated violence in Passion plays merely a product of our baser natures? Or does the savagery actually have a proper place in the crucifixion's meaning?