A novel serie of 7 book for teens but was also good for adult called "the apprentice" is what they based this movie on,I know it cuz of the description,and the boy,Thomas, who get on his first adventure chasing the bad witch mother Malkin.There was a lot of research did for the books to know the legends around goblin,type of witches,ghost and poltergeist etc.I recommend the novels even tho the main characters beside the"spook" are like 9 years old in the first book and getting older more the story advance.And there was also some nice twist/intrigues
As extreme as this movie sounds, I actually feel its one of von Trier's less extreme releases. The movie is 80% sex, but it dosnt make it feel like a porn, like many say it is. Its basically an erotic drama.. That being said, even though there are many great actors in this movie, this is one of von Trier's most uninteresting movies to date, in my opinion. . I didnt suffer watching it, because its a surprisingly light movie. But I did feel like I could have watched something better instead.. Not looking forward to part 2.