Starting off 2017 with my reinterpretation of M. Night Shyamalan's “The Village”. I was surprised at how different the movie turned out to be where the film was marketed as a horror thriller but turned into a romantic suspense, and I thought I'd make the film more supernatural and suspenseful while eliminating the romance elements and add a modern twist to my interpretation, borrowing some elements from the likes of The Witch, the new Blair Witch, and It Follows.
In a desolate small town in Pennsylvania, 1867, a small civilization lives far away from the rest of society after a series of mysterious events involved citizens living in the village disappeared, forcing the head of the town to lay down strict rules - no one leaves the village, no one mentions the incidents involved in or out of the village, and no one speaks nor thinks about the outside of the village. Ivy Walker and Lucius Hunt make the fatal mistake of leaving the woods after their request to get any medicine from the woods, ending up lost in the middle of the area and being pursued by unknown entities.
Lucius disappears and Ivy finds her way back to the Village after suffering a blackout and regaining some of her eyesight, only to be met with disdain and fear with villagers accusing Ivy of being a “witch” and returning with a curse to the town. Noah Percy, a young boy with a development disability acts strange when he starts painting blood red witchcraft symbols and speaks his sentences in reverse. Kitty (Ivy's sister) acts erratically, often dozing off into nightmarish and unquestionable scenarios. Some of the citizens witness animals dying under bewildering circumstances and a mutant arm appears within Alice Hunt's backyard.
However, Edward Walker (the head of town) seems to know a lot more about the outside of the woods than the rest of the small society, endangering himself and his daughter but Ivy soon starts to have visions of what lies outside the woods and the town immediately turns against both Edward and Ivy as they fear witchcraft entering the area and the creatures invade the territory, putting the village through a series of psychological manipulation and supernatural events.
MPAA: Rated R for horror violence, terror, and brief graphic nudity.
NOTE: See the comments for my twist idea and conclusion.
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