The Witch is one of the best films of the year, not just of the horror genre. It’s one of the more inventive works that utilized sound and color in interesting ways to better enhance the feeling of impending dread. What happens when you take that away and replace them with something more appropriate for a Wes Andersonian comedy? Something far less unsettling.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Shining, X-Men, and Point Break are some of the films that’ve been reimagined as Wes Anderson works. There was even that Saturday Night Live sketch in 2013 where host Edward Norton and Alec Baldwin (as the narrator) jovially imagined what an Anderson horror movie would look like. (It’s called The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders, and it’s fantastic.) Now it’s time for The Witch, Robert Eggers’ feature film directorial debut.
We have Bobby Burns and Dustin McLean from the CineFix YouTube channel to thank for this video who fashioned the remix in honor of Anderson’s quirky H&M ad. Aside from the livelier music and hues, the classic pinkish typography makes it seem more like a comedy about a dysfunctional family making a new life for themselves by the woods. Even when Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) loses her baby sibling, hijinks ensue as their goofy-eyed family pet, Black Phillip, mindlessly gawks.
Watch the video below.
All that’s missing are the familiar faces of Anderson’s filmography — the Edward Nortons, the Jeff Goldblums, the Willem Dafoes, the Bill Murrays, the Tilda Swintons, and the Adrien Brodys. A stop-motion animated scene or two wouldn’t hurt, either.
As it happens, Anderson said last year that he has thought about making a horror movie, noting how he likes “the idea of the requirements and the obligations of working in a genre like that.” So, maybe one day we’ll actually get to see what a horror of his own creation would look like.