In the tradition of William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973), this chilling low-budget horror movie taps into the same temporal fear that sparks religious feeling. A New England farmer (Ralph Ineson), cast out of his Puritan community for heresy, repairs with his wife and children to a cold and remote forest clearing, where privation and the mysterious disappearance of the infant child begins to eat away at them. The oldest child (Anya Taylor-Joy in a fiercely focused performance) confesses early on that she’s violated all God’s commandments in thought, and as the elements begin to grind her parents down, she senses a supernatural temptation. Writer-director Robert Eggers (who based his dialogue on historical records) makes good use of the wild northern Ontario country where this was shot, draining the woods of life with a cold, gray color palette.