An Aural Reading of “The Witch”

An essay on the music and sound of “The Witch” for Movie Mezzanine

“Even with the film’s many loud musical moments, The Witch is largely quiet. It’s part of how it so successfully invokes fear in its audience. The silence is constantly letting us know just how utterly secluded the family is—far from any known civilization, with no one around them having any interest in saving them. The family’s isolation is so palpable that when you hear something, it’s jarring.”

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