Ian West’s review published on Letterboxd:
Before I get on with this movie I gotta give a special shout-out to director Leigh Janiak for undergoing such an ambitious project.
Each entry has been a steady climb for me and even though this never reaches the heights that I wanted it to, I really dug the P ▲ G ▲ N W ▲ V Σ first hour. This is More like The Crucible and the Salem tv show than The Witch and I’m totally fine with that… I really dig that show (especially season 2 which was pretty great?) so I can’t really complain about that or the prequel/finale mashup of this movie. I never felt like I was getting too much thrown at me and I liked where the story went, how it got there, and how being able to watch these in quick succession actually benefitted my viewing experience.
The accents were a little rough here and there but whatever, we all can’t be Ralph Ineson or Robert Eggers so whatever, but the thing that surprised me the most was how much I was digging the back half of this movie. It’s like a mashup between something from an It movie and the banger town courtyard finale of The Monster Squad, plus the aspects from 1994 that got under my skin a tad bit weren’t an issue for me at all here. Ya know, as divisive as these movies are, for me this really earned it—plus I had so much damn fun watching all three of these movies, warts and all, and I’d gladly watch even more R rated RL Stine stuff in the future.
Fuck it, 4 stars.
I like what I like and I don’t have to explain myself to you.