New Trailer Drops for Historical Horror Film, The Witch

Being described as creepy and disturbing, THE WITCH seems like the perfect film to shake off the endless formulaic horror movies being pumped out of Hollywood. THE WITCH is written and directed by Robert Eggers and is Eggers feature film debut (he made two short films in the early 2000s–HANSEL AND GRETEL and THE TELL-TALE HEART). The film stars Anya Taylor-JoyRalph InesonKate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Julian Richings, and Bathsheba Garnett. Check out the plot crunch:

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Set in New England circa 1630, The Witch follows a farmer who get cast out of his colonial plantation and is forced to move his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest rumored to be controlled by witches. Almost immediately, strange and unsettling things begin to happen-the animals turn violent, the crops fail, and one of the children disappears, only to return seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. As suspicion and paranoia mount, everyone begins to point the finger at teenage daughter Thomasin. They accuse her of witchcraft, which she adamantly denies…but as circumstances become more and more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty, and love will be tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

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Writer/director Robert Eggers’ debut feature, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (and won the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition), painstakingly recreates a God-fearing New England decades before the 1692 Salem witch trials, in which religious convictions and pagan folklore famously clashed. Told through the eyes of the adolescent Thomasin – in a star-making turn by newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy – and supported by mesmerizing camera work and a powerful musical score, THE WITCH is a chilling and groundbreaking new take on the genre.

THE WITCH blew away audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and took home the Best Director Prize for U.S narrative feature. The film is described as having a “sophisticated rawness of the best psychological horror classics, married with a sinister vibe enhanced by its historical grounding in those superstitious Puritan times.” Studio 8 was so impressed with THE WITCH and with Eggers that he has already been hired to direct their remake of NOSFERATU.

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Due to its strong screening at Sundance, THE WITCH has been picked up for distribution by A24, but it won’t be hitting theaters until some time in 2016. For now, dig on this creepy-ass trailer. Never play peek-a-boo!!!

Stay Bloody!!!

filmmaker Robert Eggers

filmmaker Robert Eggers

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