Two Witches is an independent horror movie that tells pair of scary stories. The first follows the newly pregnant Sarah and her partner Simon. After a strange old woman gives Sarah the evil eye at dinner, Sarah begins to experience strange occurrences. The second story focuses on roommates Masha and Rachel. Masha has taken a keen interest in Rachel’s life. The question is what does she have in mind?
The stories follow many of the tropes found in a wicked witch story. The premise of a pregnant woman possibly being cursed is an oft used one. In old tales, witches are also often portrayed as evil seductresses. Both of these tropes are used effectively. Two Witches is also heavy on jump scares and loud noises. There is never a moment when the audience feels at ease.
This sets a frightening tone. There is little doubt as to who the villains are in Two Witches. The audience never has time to ask why anything is happening since there is the constant worry of what is going to occur next. There is a strong theme of misogyny throughout the film, especially Chapter I. Simon is constantly dismissing what Sarah is going through. She is pregnant, after all. He also refers to the old woman as a “hag” or “bitch” constantly.
The ending of ‘Masha’ falters a little. Two Witches has an undercurrent of female empowerment. The conclusion to the second story takes away from what the message that has been conveyed. It is not a deal breaker, but it is disappointing. That being said, Two Witches, may be setting the stage for a larger story. The moment may just be part of a more involved message.
The most important part of any horror movie is whether it is scary. Two Witches delivers with some terrifying moments and two stories that modernize old stories about witches. Two Witches delivers its message effectively, but it can be a little too derivative at times. The frightening stories never makes this too much of an issue, however. Director Pierre Tsigardis‘ film is a great watch for genre fans and apparently is just beginning.
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