The Witch aspires to bring that old Witchcraft horror

So I came across this featurette and almost immediately forwarded to our UK folks but then I did the unthinkable. I hit play. This featurette serves as both a trailer and a little bit of insight into the folks who helped create the movie. As with some of the best films it appears that this is a labor of love.

In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family’s frightful unraveling in the New England wilderness circa 1630.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

There are a few interesting moments in this video. None that seem completely unique.but interesting nonetheless. They certainly have the look of the time period down and the pale girl with bleach blonde hair is always a nice touch. I’m honestly not too excited for this one but I’ll root for the underdog nonetheless. UK readers chime in! What’s your take on Robert Eggers’ debut feature?




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