Director: Elle Callahan
Writer: Elle Callahan (Screenplay)
Starring: Elizabeth Mitchell, Abigail Cowen, Christian Camargo, Cameron Crovetti, Gideon Adlon, Lulu Antariksa
Plot: In a modern America where witches are real and witchcraft is illegal, a sheltered teenager must face her own demons and prejudices as she helps two young witches avoid law enforcement and cross the southern border to asylum in Mexico.
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Witch Hunt starts as we enter a world where witchcraft is real, but illegal, Martha Goode (Mitchell) and her daughter Claire (Adlon) help witches gets across the border and out of America into Mexico.
When the BWI start investigating the local area, Martha’s connection is exposed, leaving Martha with two witches, Fiona (Cowen) and her little sister Shae, only for the authorities to start getting closer to her and the truth, how much can she risk to keep her daughter safe from these barbaric behaviours.
Thoughts on Witch Hunt
Characters & Performances – Claire is the high school girl that has been living next to the border seeing what happens when witches get close, she has her own feelings towards them, despite her mother helping them. She starts to learn more about what has been happening, learning they are innocent, learning to open her eyes to the bigger reality going on. Gideon Adlon does well in her leading role, showing the learning curve her character must go on. Martha Goode is Claire’s mother that has been living the quiet life to make sure her secret of helping witches remains that way, she is doing everything for the right thing, willing to help when most others turn away. Elizabeth Mitchell is good in her role, showing the importance of the person setting the right example. Fiona is the latest witch they family look after, with her appearance becoming longer than expect, helping show Claire just how normal the witches truly are. Abigail Cowen does bring the scared mixed with innocent to the film, which is important to show how people like her are being treated. The rest of the cast get to show us the different decision that Claire will end up watching unfold during the string of events that get increased over time.
Story – The story here follows a family that are secretly helping witches cross the border to safety, while they are being hunted down for illegal activities, with the teenage daughter learning just how dangerous this world will become. This story does bring the clear message about immigration, using the idea of witches to step away from nationalities who will get treated differently. The story is mostly told through the eyes of Claire, shows us just how someone can learn about the problems going on which is good to see. While that side of the story is interesting to see, the man hunting them down could have been given a bigger intense presence while searching for the witches, building a more menacing presence for the innocent figures.
Themes – Witch Hunt is a horror thriller that uses the unique idea of having witchcraft being real, but being illegal, not showing the horrors of what witchcraft could do, but showing just how the human factor could do horrendous things to potential witches. The town by the border does help make this just as important for the main characters to get the right thing done.
Signature Entertainment presents Witch Hunt on DVD and Digital Platforms 5th July
Final Thoughts – Witch Hunt is a smart horror that brings a modern problem in a supernatural twist.