Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Wytch Files Ep. 03 - The Witch: A New England Folk-Tale (2015)

Listen to "Ep. 3: The Witch" on Spreaker.

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Greetings! In Episode #003, we review the 2015 independent film, The Witch: A New England Folk-Tale written and directed by Robert Eggers and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Harvey Scrimshaw. In addition to the review, we briefly explore the Calvinist religious world-view, the characters’ temptations, witch familiars, and some magical practices employed in Colonial America for protection against witchcraft.

Film specs can be found on IMDB.

PBS gives a deeper look at who the Puritans were and what life was like in 1630 New England.

Here is some archeological information about witch bottles, about scratching a witch and the making of flying ointments by Sarah Anne Lawless.

We would like to give a huge shout out to Corey Hutchison - of the excellent podcast & blog New World Witchery - for his blog posts below on magic in Colonial America which were of immense help to us when putting together this episode:

Some examples of Colonial magic witch lore.

(A Little) More Colonial (and Native American) Magic

Magic books in the American Colonies: The Devil's Book

((UPDATE: Corey at New World Witchery released his own review in their 89th episode, a couple of days after we recorded ours. Be sure to check it out!))


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