So let’s say you are a seventeen year old girl and you live in Puritan New England, circa 1630. Your family are radical separatists. In fact, they are so pure, even the Puritans can’t handle them. Your family is banished from the colony. For being too religious.
Forced to live out in the wildest of wilderness, your life pretty much sucks. You do non-stop chores from dawn till dusk. This includes stuff like washing clothes in the river and grinding corn. You have no time to yourself, no chance to voice your own opinions, no creative outlets. “Women should be seen and not heard.” Then of course, there is that pesky problem of your budding sexuality…
Your father is clearly nuts. All he does is chop wood and quote the Bible. All day long. Your young siblings are acting strange. Your mother is also nuts. She talks of sending you off to be a maid for some other family, where you will have even MORE chores to do.
Your family are Calvinists. They are very concerned with Heaven and how to get there. They insist upon living a pious (read: dull, boring, repressive) life in order to reap their heavenly rewards. The only trouble is — God has already chosen His elect and you may not be one of them. You will not find out until you die. All your piety could be a big fat waste of time and you just may end up in Hell. It’s a real game of Russian roulette, eh?
Then along comes this goat named Black Phillip…
The question here is not WHY would a Puritan woman sign a blood contract with the Devil. The question is WHY WOULDN’T SHE?
This film is beautifully shot, meticulous in historical detail, and a spine tingling, psychological thriller! Now out on DVD.
“Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”